by Miron Dolot; W. W. North and Company, 1985
THIS BOOK to those Ukrainian farmers who were deliberately
starved to death during the Famine of 1932-1933, my only regret
being that it is impossible for me to fully describe their
Wave of National Revival, a 12 meters high symbolic monument.
is one of the rare eyewitness accounts of the Great Famine which
struck several regions of the Soviet Ukraine in 1932-1933. The
author experienced its horror as a young lad in a Ukrainian
village, and Ukraine was one of the areas struck most cruelly
by the disaster: it is estimated that five to seven million
Ukrainians starved during that terrible year... Famines when
caused by natural factors such as drought and crop failure are
terrifying phenomena. But what endowed the one of 1932-1933
with special horror was that it was both caused and compounded
by the policies of the Soviet government or, more specifically,
those of Stalin, by that time the absolute dictator and the
main author and enforcer of the scheme that caused the deaths
of millions of his countrymen, as well as untold sufferings
to the entire rural population of the USSR...
The policy of compulsory collectivization introduced at the end of 1929, called for all farms to be
collectivized, and the farmers
to be firmly bond to the collectives just as they used to be bound as serfs
to the feudal estates some seventy years before. The farms were collectivized, but not
without struggle. The farmers fiercely resisted the collectivization efforts. They clung to their plots of land and their possessions for dear life, and the struggle became one for
life or death. But unarmed, disorganized, and leaderless, the farmers were no match for government forces. They were crushed mercilessly.
Their villages were ruined and depopulated. Millions died. Many
were sent to concentration camps, or banished from their villages
to God-forsaken northern regions, and still others simply disappeared
mysteriously, without a trace. Those who survived swallowed
their pride and finally joined the collective farms in order
to save themselves and their families. Thus the battle came
to an end: the farmers lost and the Communists triumphed. Within
only a few years - four in all! - the traditional patterns of
village life were destroyed...
But the famine
of 1932-1933 in Ukraine was a political famine. In the words
of Malcolm Muggeridge, who personally witnessed the famine,
"it was the deliberate creation of a bureaucratic mind".
Wave contains a monument to the 1932-33 famine built into
Indeed it was a genocidal famine, the one that was employed by Stalin and his followers as a means of
subduing the Ukrainian farmers.
The famine of 1932-33 in the Soviet Union has been an entirely ignored, neglected, misinterpreted, and distorted event.
To this day even though Soviet dignitaries themselves matter-of-factly discuss it, some "experts" on the Soviet Union ("Sovietologists") here in the United States persistently
adhere to the original Soviet denial of its existence. This probably explains why no thorough study of this famine has ever been made in the USA.
Americans have had difficulty in accepting a story so unbelievably inhuman.
In this book, I have described what happened in my village during those four years, between 1929 and 1933. It is a reconstruction of what I saw and
experienced personally. Everything recorded actually happened: only authenticated facts are presented. Although conversations and speeches are not
reproduced verbatim, they accurately convey what was said at specific times. I based them on my living memory.
Some of my readers will wonder how
I could reconstruct so many events, in such detail, after so
many years. Actually, there is no mystery involved. First of
all, one does not forget the trauma and tragedy of one's life,
no matter how hard one tries. Secondly, one cannot forget the
details of one's struggle to survive. This was the time when
all people, in all of Ukraine, lived from one campaign to another,
from one leader's speech to another, from one Party resolution
to another, from one government decree to another, and finally
from one village or factory meeting to another. I cannot forget
these things. Details and dates of the events described
within this book have been verified through Soviet periodicals
of that time which can be found in major American libraries.
This book gives an accurate
portrayal of events in my village during the collectivization.
There is one other
detail that must be pointed out to my readers: Miron Dolot is my
pen name, under which I have published articles and brochures about
the famine in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland."