Red Famine

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

eBook - 2018
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The momentous new book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain. In 1932-33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, Red Famine investigates how this happened, who was responsible, and what the consequences were. It is the fullest account yet published of these terrible events. The book draws on a mass of archival material and first-hand testimony only available since the end of the Soviet Union, as well as the work of Ukrainian scholars all over the world. It includes accounts of the famine by those who survived it, describing what human beings can do when driven mad by hunger. It shows how the Soviet state ruthlessly used propaganda to turn neighbours against each other in order to expunge supposedly 'anti-revolutionary' elements. It also records the actions of extraordinary individuals who did all they could to relieve the suffering. The famine was rapidly followed by an attack on Ukraine's cultural and political leadership - and then by a denial that it had ever happened at all. Census reports were falsified and memory suppressed. Some western journalists shamelessly swallowed the Soviet line; others bravely rejected it, and were undermined and harassed. The Soviet authorities were determined not only that Ukraine should abandon its national aspirations, but that the country's true history should be buried along with its millions of victims. Red Famine, a triumph of scholarship and human sympathy, is a milestone in the recovery of those memories and that history. At a moment of crisis between Russia and Ukraine, it also shows how far the present is shaped by the past.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth] : 2018. Penguin,
ISBN: 9780141978277
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis actually knew a good deal about the Soviet famine.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis never had time to fully implement the 'Hunger Plan' in Ukraine. But its influence could be felt in their occupation policy.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Like every occupying power in Ukraine, the Nazis ultimately had only on real interest: grain.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Many who had welcomed the Wehrmach quickly realized that they had exchanged one dictatorship for another,...

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

History, culture, family and identity were destroyed by the famine too, sacrificed in the name of survival.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

A starving person is simply too weak to fight back.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Much of the subsequent cruelty can be explained by this clash between what the urban activists wanted and the very different reality in the country side itself.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

... Ukraine has always aspired to be free.

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gprusakowski
May 28, 2018

A must read! Difficult to stomach a lot of what happened but it is essential to know if one is to understand what the Soviet experiment became and how it shaped Russia and Eastern Europe then and now.

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mkkellers
Jan 03, 2018

Breakpoint suggested

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