The man-made famine
Everyone thinks that they would know if something as awful as a genocide happened or is happening. But, when the Holodomor happened in the 1930's, the world not only didn't know it was happening, the world didn't know it happened until 50 years after the event originally took place.
People wonder how something as terrible as a genocide could take place, more specifically what could cause it. The Holodomor was the planned starvation of men, women, and children. This genocide was caused by when the Soviet Union took over Ukraine and forced their communist idea, that people should work for the better common good and that they should farm together and donate their food to the greater good, on the citizens of Ukraine.
The Holodomor took place in Ukraine between the years of 1928-1933. In 1928, Stalin started enforcing rules saying that he would put any farmers out of business if they did not provide food for industrial workers. Stalin also took the food farmers picked from them and wouldn't feed the people from Ukraine, and only fed the industrial workers.
Stalin prepared by first taking over Ukraine in 1928. He forced the idea of communism, or the idea that everyone is equal, on the Ukraine people, forcing them to work on community farms, or if they refused, they were shipped off in freight trains to remote places such as Siberia, and they were usually not given food or shelter.
Many people disagree how many Ukrainian people died in this genocide. The numbers can be as low as 2,000,000 or some historians believe it can be as high as 10,000,000. But, the truth is, we don’t know a lot about this genocide, and that is because the world did not know that this took place until 50 years after the Holodomor occurred. But people can estimate that, at the height of the genocide in June 1933, up to 30,000 people died a day. And almost ⅓ of them were children under the age of 10.
Luba talks about how she was forced out of her home and her experience of returning to school after the Holodomor took place.
Helen describes how her family became aware of the Holodomor and how people were treated.
Halyna tells the story of how her aunt's family was murdered during the Holodomor.
Genocides are a terrible thing, and we might think that after the Holocaust, the most well known genocide, it could never happen again. But, the truth is it can happen again, it is happening again, and unless we acknowledge them as genocides, no one will do anything about it and people will get away with it.
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