Holodomor Famine Genocide
It’s was spring in Ukraine, there was a rate of almost 25,000 deaths a day, half of them being children. This Genocide was controlled by Stalin and his hangmen to discipline the Ukraine’s independent farmers “a lesson they would not forget” according to www.holodomorct.org. This was happening because farmers were resisting to collectivization which was a policy where they had to combine individual land and labor into mutual farms, this was enforced under Stalin during 1928 and 1940.
This Genocide started in 1929 with a tremendous amount of deadly deportations of successful farmers from Ukraine, also executions of religious leaders, intellectual and cultural leaders. There was also a forced famine, also known as starvation that killed several individuals. The genocide continued for more several years in Ukraine.
In 1928, Stalin proposed a program that forced farmers to give up their private land, equipment/livestock and join state owned (factory like) collective farms. Stalin thought that collective farms would not only feed the industrial workers in the cities but also help with the grain to sell aboard to help to fiancé his industrial plans. In 1929, any farmers who didn’t want to join the collective farms. They were then known as kurkuls. In 1930,half a million of Ukraine families that were transported from their homes and put into trains. They were shipped to Siberia and left without food and shelter. In 1932-1933, stravation became a widespread and a discriminatory voucher systems were implemented, and military blockades were constructed around many Ukraine villages preventing transport of food into the villages and the hungry from leaving in search for food
- Step One (Classification): Ukraine children (mostly under 10 years old) and Ukraine farmers (low class and poor)
- Step Two (Symbolization): Kulaks were known as farmers
- Step Three (Dehumanization): They were forced to give up their farmland and livestock.
- Step Four (Organization): The farmers couldn’t exchange food. Limit of grains were purposely made so farmers couldn’t be able to eat.
- Step Five (Polarization): The richer farmers were known as the class enemy or kurkuls in Russian.
- Step Six (Preparation): Most families were deported to camps in Siberia.
- Step Seven (Extermination): Labor camps, starvation and execution.
- Step Eight (Denial): The genocide continued for more several years in Ukraine. (Destruction) The resettlement of Ukraine’s with depopulated areas of other ethnic groups. The prosecution of those who spoke of famine (shortage) publicly had denial of famine by Soviet Government.
And so it began, I was driving a Jew transportation bus to take them to the concentration camps. My last stop for the day was a small town sighet in Transylvania. It was just like any other pick up except for one boy who seemed to be about 13. When I pulled up he looked mortally terrified, he looked drained of happiness and love. He was with his father, mother and sister. As he got on the bus I asked him his name, he replied with Ellie. As we were driving to oshwitz I could see the life leave his eyes as he saw the gas chambers, when we arrived at oshwitz, everyone was instructed to do as usual and wear the striped clothes. The boy’s mom and sister were taken and exterminated along with other women and elderly people. Ellie and his father got put in a house along with many other people. Lucky they got here when they did, because before they arrived the Jews were not allowed to wear clothes and had no blankets for the freezing nights. They had even fewer amounts of food for meals. The next day was checkup day, Ellie and his father must get physically examined. Ellie passed the test while his dad thought he did, however the next day he was called back during work hours, I watched him give Ellie a spoon and a knife, they were all he had left. His dad went to get reviewed again, they were both very scared. His dad did all he could to pass the exam. He ran his hardest and stood his tallest. His son was worried that whole day until that night when his dad came through the cabin door. Ellie proceeded to give him back the spoon and knife. I was still seeing Ellie with his head low and very weak and sad. The only thing he had left was his dad. It was time for all inmates to run a long way to a new camp. So they did, along the way Ellie’s dad got more and more tired he was dying and asking for water. The other Jews beat him to death for him continuing to ask for water. There was nothing Ellie could do to stop it. The next day there was screaming and running and panic, but it wasn’t the Jews, it was the Nazi’s. They were running from the surprise attack from the American soldiers. After the attack Ellie along with all the other Jews except his father, mother and his sister were able to escape.
- Point of View in Narrative: Elie speaks in first person point of view.
- Motifs:Tradition is a big thing in Jewish communities.The german's destroyed the Jewish temples. They also made the Jewish people shave their head and get tattoos which is a violoation of the Jewish Scripture. Religious Observance is represented in the book because they mention religion.
- Symbolism: Fire represents the Nazi's cruel power.
Night: Night represents that Elie's belief that he lives in a world without god.Life without God's presences.
- Figurative Language: Elie figurative language is how he explains his experiences in the book.Tone of the story is from his pov and how he suffered during the holocaust. Personal and experience.
- Structure & Organization: Elie writes the book in a Parallel structure.
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