Famine resolution introduced in House

WASHINGTON – Rep. Gerald B. Solomon (R-N.Y.) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to commemorate the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine, reported the Ukrainian National Information Service. The concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 111) was introduced on April 19 and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.


February 1-12, 1933
Svoboda reported news from Moscow on February 2, 1933, that the Soviet regime was planning various measures to ensure a successful spring planting, especially in the Kuban and Caucasus regions. According to the news, Stalin had issued a decree which was aimed at guaranteeing better agricultural production; he placed emphasis on the use of machinery, mainly tractors. Svoboda reported that this dependence on machinery was odd since during the previous year, the Soviet press had reported that the use of tractors had proven to be only between 8 and 29 percent successful. In addition, many of the tractors were in dire need of repair, the newspapers reported. On February 6, the Soviet press reported that the Communists were urging youths (age 8-16) to be informers and to report any falsifications of information on the new internal Soviet passports then being issued.

“Deliberate,” “diabolical” starvation. Malcolm Muggeridge on Stalin’s famine

(The Ukrainian Weekly, May 29, 1983, No. 22, Vol. LI)
“The novelty of this particular famine, what made it so diabolical, is that it was the deliberate creation of a bureaucratic mind, … without any consideration whatever of the consequences in human suffering,” Malcolm Muggeridge said. He was talking about the genocidal famine that swept Ukraine and the adjacent North Caucasus, two of the most abundant lands in all of Europe, in the winter of 1932 and the spring and summer of 1933.

A worthwhile endeavor

Much has been written about the need to inform the non-Ukrainian community about the Great Famine in Ukraine (1932-33), unquestionably one of the greatest and least known holocausts of this century. To this end, local commemorative committees have been set up throughout the country, ceremonies have been planned, brochures and letters written. In addition, exhibits and symposia have been organized and observances have been slated for Washington. Unfortunately, some of these events seem to be geared for internal consumption. But at least one Ukrainian community has found a way to link the Great Famine with a current and pressing social issue in the hope of bringing the Ukrainian holocaust to the attention of the general public.

Address at Great Famine service on remembering our national tragedy

Below is the text of the address delivered by Archbishop-Metropolitan Stephen Sulyk of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States at the solemn observances of the 50th anniversary of the Great Famine that were held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle on Sunday, May 15. The holy scriptures describe the vision of the prophet Ezekiel. “The hand of the Lord,” says the prophet, was upon me and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones…And He said unto me: Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered: O Lord God, Thou knowest.”

13,000 attend Great Famine memorial service

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – Nearly 13,000 persons, according to police estimates, gathered here at the Ukrainian Orthodox Center of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle on May 15, St. Thomas Sunday according to the Julian calendar, to pay their respects and mourn the 7 million men, women and children, who died 50 years ago in the Great Famine of 1932-33 – Stalin’s planned genocide of the Ukrainian nation. St. Thomas Sunday, known as “Providna Nedilia” (Seeing-Off Sunday) to Ukrainians, is traditionally set aside as a day to honor the dead.


January 16-31, 1933
On January 16 Svoboda reported news from Moscow which stated that the Communist Party Central Committee would establish commissar posts at every tractor station in the Soviet Union. The commissars, along with helpers would see to it that the orders of the Soviet government were carried out by the collective farm workers and factory laborers. The orders were: to make sure no one sabotaged government plans; to organize workers into collective farms and factories; to conduct propaganda for the Communist Party; and to punish all who did not follow the orders of the party, especially the kulaks. The commissars, who were members of the secret police, were to report their progress to Moscow on a regular basis. On that same day, O. Snovyda wrote a commentary in Svoboda titled “The Downfall of the (Bolshevik) Communist Party in Ukraine.”


January 1-15, 1933
Prosperity was not one of the gifts the New Year, 1933, brought the peasants and laborers in Ukraine. Instead it brought a worsening food crisis and harsher government measures against persons hiding grain or stealing food from the state stores. On January 3, Svoboda headlines read: “The Bolshevik Five-Year Plan Breeds Famine in the Soviet Union.” According to the news, the Soviets had formally ended their five-year plan and did not mention the establishment of a second one. During the first plan, 211,000 collective farms and 5,820 state farms had been set up; however, they were not a complete success as the government found it difficult to keep the workers at their jobs, the Soviet press reported.

Media reports on famine. I

CBC-TV news probe
MONTREAL – CBC-TV’s Academy Award-winning series “The Fifth Estate” presented a probe into the events surrounding the so-called “secret Ukrainian holocaust” on Wednesday night, April 27, at 8 p.m.

In 1933, an estimated 7 to 10 million Ukrainians starved to death in an artificially created famine secretly executed by the Stalin regime. Now, 50 years later, evidence of this unprecedented holocaust and its cover-up is gaining public attention. What precipitated this deliberate mass genocide? Why does Moscow persist in denying that such a famine ever existed? And why were reports of the mass starvation ignored by the Western world?


December 1932
On December 2, 1932, Svoboda printed a news item datelined Moscow which reported that the Soviet government was issuing exit visas to its citizens who requested permanent emigration. Workers could leave the country by paying the government $250, professionals would have to pay $500. Those who had money could buy themselves out of the “Soviet paradise,” Svoboda commented. On December 6, Svoboda reported that two Soviet newspapers, Izvestia and Pravda, had called for the shooting of all peasants who hid grain and foodstuffs from the authorities. The concealment of these products was “betrayal of the revolution,” and called for the most severe punishment, the Soviet newspapers said.