The famine: raising consciousness

Ukrainians and scholars have made much of the general parallel between the Great Famine in Ukraine (1932-33) and the Jewish Holocaust. Both were clearly premeditated genocide, and both cost millions of lives. There are differences, of course, not the least of which is that the Jewish tragedy is well-known by the general public, while the Ukrainian one is not. The reasons for this are many. The Soviet Communist system which covered up the famine continues to remain in power and deny its existence.


November 1932
On November 5, Svoboda carried a news brief about the publication of a new book on Soviet agriculture which had recently appeared in Germany. It contained essays by 16 specialists, including journalists Malcolm Campbell and William H. Chamberlin, who had spent time in the USSR. Svoboda noted that the book attempted to explain the jumbled agricultural situation in the Soviet Union. On November 10, Svoboda headlines read “The Famine in Ukraine Intensifies.” Datelined Kiev, the story read: “From all parts of Ukraine, the richest breadbasket of Europe, comes news of the growing famine. From all parts of Ukraine, cries of ‘Bread, bread, bread’ are heard, but there is none to be found.”