The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

Gareth Jones Writes Letter to Mr. Lloyd George, London

Berlin, March 27, 1933


Dear Mr. Lloyd George,

I have just arrived from Russia where I found the situation disastrous. The Five-Year Plan has been a complete disaster in that it has destroyed the Russian peasantry and brought famine to every part of the country. I tramped alone for several days through a part of the Ukraine, sleeping in peasants' huts. I spoke with a large number of workers, among whom unemployment is rapidly growing. I discussed the situation with almost every British, German and American expert. I had interviews with the following:

    Karl Radek
    The Commissar for Finance, Grinko
    The Vice-Commissar for Light Industry
    The Vice-Commissar for Education
    The President of the Atheists (who has given me a special message to you as a Baptist!).
    The British and the German Ambassadors

The situation is so grave, so much worse than in 1921 that I am amazed at your admiration for Stalin.

Before going to Russia, I went to Germany where I met Hitler and flew with him in his aeroplane to attend a giant meeting in Frankfurt, had a long conversation with Goebbels and other Nazis, with Breitscheid von Gleichen [?], etc.

I made a special study of the Labour Camps, which impressed me deeply. I also visited Checho-slovakia and Danzig.

Therefore I have much material on which you may want to question me. On Saturday April 1st, I begin work at Cardiff on the "Western Mail". Should you wish me to come to Churt at anytime - perhaps a Saturday afternoon - I should be delighted to come and report.

About the German situation, I am not so alarmed and believe that the English newspapers have lost their heads.

In the meantime I enclose my conversation with Litvinoff.
Yours sincerely

Gareth Jones

Letter to Lloyd George from the House of Commons Archives - Lloyd George papers' section on Jones] o_lloyd_george_27march1933.htm