Red Famine

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

Book - 2017
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"From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and Iron Curtain, winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, a revelatory history of Stalin's greatest crime. In 1929, Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people perished between 1931 and 1933 in the U.S.S.R. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum reveals for the first time that three million of them died not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy, but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: that Stalin set out to exterminate a vast swath of the Ukrainian population and replace them with more cooperative, Russian-speaking peasants. A peaceful Ukraine would provide the Soviets with a safe buffer between itself and Europe, and would be a bread basket region to feed Soviet cities and factory workers. When the province rebelled against collectivization, Stalin sealed the borders and began systematic food seizures. Starving, people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Signal, an imprint of McClelland & Stewart,, 2017
Edition: Hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780771009303
Characteristics: xxx, 461 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis actually knew a good deal about the Soviet famine.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis never had time to fully implement the 'Hunger Plan' in Ukraine. But its influence could be felt in their occupation policy.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Like every occupying power in Ukraine, the Nazis ultimately had only on real interest: grain.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Many who had welcomed the Wehrmach quickly realized that they had exchanged one dictatorship for another,...

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

History, culture, family and identity were destroyed by the famine too, sacrificed in the name of survival.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

A starving person is simply too weak to fight back.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Much of the subsequent cruelty can be explained by this clash between what the urban activists wanted and the very different reality in the country side itself.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

... Ukraine has always aspired to be free.

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gprusakowski
May 28, 2018

A must read! Difficult to stomach a lot of what happened but it is essential to know if one is to understand what the Soviet experiment became and how it shaped Russia and Eastern Europe then and now.

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mkkellers
Jan 03, 2018

Breakpoint suggested

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