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Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust Paperback – June 17, 1987
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Miron Dolot is a teacher of Slavic languages and lives in California. As a teenager he lived through the famine forced upon the Ukranian people by Joseph Stalin.
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One element of macabre comedy described in the book relates to the interminable collective political 'meetings' with their tortured Marxist syntax and slogans. Any deviation, lack of attention or humour was enough to brand a person an 'enemy of the people' with fatal consequences. The audience found a safe way to express their frustration. Any mention or reference to Stalin evoked immediate, thunderous and prolonged applause - completely disrupting the orchestrated flow of the meeting.
This book has been on my wish list for some time. Finally I took the plunge and bought it a few days ago. I read the whole thing today. From the first word, Execution by Hunger is incredibly gripping, personal, and haunting.
At the beginning, the author is just another Ukrainian peasant-boy. He briefly gives an account of what seems to have been a somewhat difficult but overall wonderful life as a child born in a farming village in Ukraine. Things quickly go downhill, however, as the communists impose increasingly counter-productive and draconian laws. Exorbitant taxation and dismal political decisions make life difficult for many people, but nothing could foreshadow the devastation to come.
I won't comment very much on the horrific and traumatizing nature of the author's recollections of his experiences in the Holodomor. Needless to say, I found them very poignant, to say the absolute least.
What I am left with after having finished this book is the sheer scandal that not only is there no happy ending for the millions of innocent dead--from starvation, from being sent to Siberia or other concentration camps--there is no justice. Few people outside of Ukraine are aware of the Holodomor, and although the USSR has fortunately found itself in the scrap heap of history, its bloodsoaked legacy is not as thoroughly condemned as it ought to be.
Now that I have a much greater understanding of the terrors of the Holodomor, I feel that my conscience is clear, as I know know what exactly happened in that terrifying time. I sincerely thank the author for taking a painful voyage through his memories to share what happened in the Ukraine with the rest of us, and I can only hope that the people of the world will not allow such things to happen again.
For those wishing to know more about the Stalin era and get a better understanding of the conflicts that eventually fueled World War II, this is an excellent introduction. It isn't a book about politics or economic theory; it is simply a description of how those politics and misguided economic processes impact people in an unimaginably horrific way.
Emotionless and disturbing, this is one story of millions that will never be told.
Coming eventually to the United States.
50+% of Americans are supporting the 100%.
Any one of the 50,000,000+ Americans depending upon the State to feed, clothe and/or shelter them would be wise to revisit the human cost of instituting Marxism.