Execution by Hunger by Miron Dolot
The Hidden Holocaust

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Seven million people in the "breadbasket of Europe" were deliberately starved to death at Stalin's command. This story has been suppressed for half a century. Now, a survivor speaks.

In 1929, in an effort to destroy the well-to-do peasant farmers, Joseph Stalin ordered the collectivization of all Ukrainian farms. In the ensuing years, a brutal Soviet campaign of confiscations, terrorizing, and murder spread throughout Ukrainian villages. What food remained after the seizures was insufficient to support the population. In the resulting famine as many as seven million Ukrainians starved to death.

This poignant eyewitness account of the Ukrainian famine by one of the survivors relates the young Miron Dolot's day-to-day confrontation with despair and death—his helplessness as friends and family were arrested and abused—and his gradual realization, as he matured, of the absolute control the Soviets had over his life and the lives of his people. But it is also the story of personal dignity in the face of horror and humiliation. And it is an indictment of a chapter in the Soviet past that is still not acknowledged by Russian leaders.

About Miron Dolot

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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.
Published February 14, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 252 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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It's startling in 1985 to come upon an eyewitness report of the forced collectivization of Russian agriculture in 1929-31, and the ensuing famine in the Ukraine—and one does wonder at the detailed reconstruction of scenes and conversations that Dolot (b. 1916) manages after more than 50 years.

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