Ukrainians Starve from Forced Famine between 1932-1933

As more and more of the Ukrainian grain crop is turned-over due to government officials, due to government-imposed quotas, the situation grows ever more dire for Ukrainian farmers and their families.

People have no food. They have no money with which to buy food. Selling family heirlooms, in the cities, is one option to get funds to buy "commercial" bread, but for many individuals that is not an option. They have no assets, or family heirlooms, to sell.

People line-up in the cities, trying to get food for their families, but for many emaciated individuals it is too late. They fall, from exhaustion and starvation, on the city's streets and sidewalks.

Myroslava Utka, a famine-survivor from Dnipropetrovsk, remembers when her little sister died of hunger. Her family did not place her body on the carts, which came by every day to collect those who had passed away, but they also had no money to buy a coffin for her. Instead, they placed her remains between other coffins in a mass grave.

It was the best they could do for their beloved child.

The great famine of 1932-33, in Ukraine, took the lives of millions of people—yet, it is little known in the rest of the world.  Was it deliberately engineered, to keep Ukraine within the Soviet Union, as some scholars, survivors and historians assert? 

The film "Harvest of Despair," presented by the Ukrainian Famine Research Committee in Canada, answers "yes" to the above question. The issue, however, remains hotly debated. 

This clip is from "Harvest of Despair." It includes interviews with famine survivors.

Media Credits

Clip from "Harvest of Despair:  The Unknown Holocust."

Produced and directed by Slavko Nowytski for the Ukrainian Famine Research Committee in Canada, with the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada. 

Narration writer and story consultant, Peter Blow

Photography by Thomas Burstyn and Yuri Denysenko

Edited by Yurij Luhovy

Music by Zenoby Lawryshyn

Distributed by International Historic Films, Inc. 

Released, 1984

Online, courtesy Google Video.


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