Nobody Wanted to Die

As a result of Stalin's orders requiring Ukrainians to turn-over their grain to the government, instead of using at least some of it themselves to feed their families, many people died from a man-made famine.

M. Chervotkin created this painting—entitled “Nobody Wanted to Die”—depicting what happened to Ukrainians between 1932-33.

The work is available online via Holodomor Research & Education Consortium. It is part of a collection of art, created over eight decades, depicting the suffering of Ukrainians during the Holodomor (Ukraine’s description of the time when Stalin’s orders caused massive starvation and widespread death in Ukraine).

The collection is called “Holodomor; Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists." It came together as a result of considerable efforts by E. Morgan Williams. The Consortium provides this description of the painting:

This is a painting of a golden wheat field with a blue sky with a few clouds, the very image the Ukrainian flag is symbolic of. In the Wheat field are crosses, six sporadically placed from one another, with just a year carved into the center of them, 1932 and another 1933.

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Media Credits

Holodomor Research & Education Consortium; painting by M. Chervotkin.


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