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Proof that Comrade Stalin did not cause the famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s

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The following anti-Communist sources make clear that it was the Kulacks, who by destroying half of all the livestock in the USSR and destroying millions of tons of grain, caused widespread hunger among both the rural and urban populations of the USSR. This was a terrible crime, and Stalin was correct to make sure that such people could never cause such suffering again in the USSR.

 

 

 

Two reports on the Kulak opposition to land nationalisation:

 

 

This is a report from Frederick Schuman, who toured through Ukraine during the Famine period and was later Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government at Williams College. He's cited by Martens and Tottle in their books. Speaking about the kulaks:

 

"Their [kulak] opposition took the initial form of slaughtering their cattle and horses in preference to having them collectivized. The result was a grievous blow to Soviet agriculture, for most of the cattle and horses were owned by the kulaks. Between 1928 and 1933 the number of horses in the USSR declined from almost 30,000,000 to less than 15,000,000; of horned cattle from 70,000,000 (including 31,000,0000 cows) to 38,000,000 (including 20,000,000 cows); of sheep and goats from 147,000,000 to 50,000,000; and of hogs from 20,000,000 to 12,000,000. Soviet rural economy had not recovered from this staggering loss by 1941.

 

"... Some [kulaks] murdered officials, set the torch to the property of the collectives, and even burned their own crops and seed grain. More refused to sow or reap, perhaps on the assumption that the authorities would make concessions and would in any case feed them.

 

"The aftermath was the ``Ukraine famine'' of 1932--33 .... Lurid accounts, mostly fictional, appeared in the Nazi press in Germany and in the Hearst press in the United States, often illustrated with photographs that turned out to have been taken along the Volga in 1921 .... The ``famine'' was not, in its later stages, a result of food shortage, despite the sharp reduction of seed grain and harvests flowing from special requisitions in the spring of 1932 which were apparently occasioned by fear of war in Japan. Most of the victims were kulaks who had refused to sow their fields or had destroyed their crops.'"

 

-("Russia since 1917; Four Decades of Soviet Politics")1957

Frederick Schuman

 

 

Corroborations of such claims are provided by none other than Isaac Mazepa, leader of the Ukrainian Nationalist movement:

 

"At first there were disturbances in the kolkhosi [collective farms] or else the Communist officials and their agents were killed, but later a system of passive resistance was favored which aimed at the systematic frustation of the Bolsheviks' plans for the sowing and gathering of the harvest .... The catastrophe of 1932 was the hardest blow that Soviet Ukraine had to face since the famine of 1921-1922. The autumn and spring sowing campaigns both failed. Whole tracts were left unsown, in addition when the crop was being gathered ... in many areas, especially in the south, 20, 40 and even 50 per cent was left in the fields, and was either not collected at all or was ruined in the threshing."

 

(""Ukraine under Bolshevist rule" Slavonic Review Volume 12, 1933-34")

-Isaac Mazepa

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