The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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NOT AT ALL CLEAR THAT FAMINE WAS A PREMEDITATED ACT OF GENOCIDE DIRECTED AGAINST UKRAINIAN NATION IN 1932-1933
  

Letter to the Editor, The Moscow Times, June 20, 2003

In response to "One Pulitzer That Should Shake the
World," a comment by Matt Bivens on June 16 [2003]
The Moscow Times, Moscow, Russia

 

Editor,

Matt Bivens is certainly correct that Walter Duranty distorted the nature of the famine during Stalin's collectivization drive. But Bivens perpetuates a different set of myths by alleging that the famine was "engineered" and that it "stopped precisely at the Ukrainian-Russian internal border."

 

In fact, millions of peasants starved to death between 1932 and 1933 not only in Ukraine, but in southern Russia and Kazakhstan as well. And although the Stalinist leadership exacerbated famine conditions through its neglect, incompetence and disdain for rural culture, it is not at all clear that this was a premeditated act of genocide directed against the Ukrainian nation.

 

David Brandenberger, Cambridge, Massachusetts


The article by Matt Bivens that appeared in The Moscow Times on June 16, 2003, that is referred to in the above letter is posted in this Gallery under June 16, 2003.


The Moscow Times, Moscow, Russia, June 20, 2003
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