of a journey through the village of Sotnykivka on the Yahotyn District,
Poltava region. She passed through the village on her way to work
on beet-raising collective farms in spring of 1933.
"...the streets and houses were overgrown with weeds. In the
streets there were no signs of any living being, human or animal,
not even a cat or a dog. In some of the houses doors and windows
were open, while in others they have been removed to fire,
and there were only black spaces showing. Decomposing dead bodies
were lying about in the weeds around the houses and evidently in
the houses themselves, and an incredibly putrid odour, intensified
by warm weather, permeated the
From: "The Black Deeds of the Kremlin. A White Book", Vol. 2
Detroit, USA, 1955
Reprinted in: "The Agony of a Nation"
by Stephen Oleskiw
l983, Page 70
The National Committee To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary
of the Artificial Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933, London
Printed By: Ukrainian Publishers, TLC.
ISBN 0 950 8851 OX
by Tetyana Budko