Ariadna Ochrymovych | Canada | 2015 | 29:29
Survivors recount the horrors of living through the little known Ukrainian Famine/Genocide engineered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1932-1933.
Stalin was determined to suppress Ukrainian nationhood once and for all through the decimation of Ukraine’s elites and its rural population. Millions died, a third of them children, as brigades forcibly confiscated not only livestock and the grain harvest but basic foodstuffs, as the world turned a blind eye. Journalists were barred from Ukraine and borders were closed. Fearing for their lives, no one spoke of this atrocity until 1991 when Ukraine gained independence. The consequences of this genocide reverberate today as parts of Eastern Ukraine (those Russified under Stalin) fight a war, master-minded by Putin, with pro-Western, democratic Ukrainians.