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Red Famine by Anne ApplebaumAN ECONOMIST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate today In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic's borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum's compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
Call Number: DK508.8374 .A67 2017
Harvest of despair : the 1932-33 man-made famine in Ukraine by Directed by Slavko NowytskiDocumentary of the Ukrainian "terror famine" of 1932-33 which caused the deaths of seven million people. Includes interviews with survivors and scholars supplemented by rare photographic evidence. Provides insight into one of the 20th century's least known but most vicious genocides. Shows that the "terror famine" was deliberately created by the Soviet government as part of a decades-long effort by Stalin to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry, who resisted the forced collectivization of their lands.
noun: ho·lo·do·mor \ˈhō-lō-dō-ˈmōr
Тhe term Holodomor (death by hunger, in Ukrainian) refers to the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 as a result of Soviet policies. The Holodomor can be seen as the culmination of an assault by the Communist Party and Soviet state on the Ukrainian peasantry, who resisted Soviet policies.
---from Holodmor Research and Education Consortium (HREC)