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Holodomor Hoax: Joseph Stalin's Crime That Never Took Place

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Playing into the hands of Ukrainian nationalists, a monument to the so-called Ukrainian "Holodomor," one the 20th century's most famous myths and vitriolic pieces of anti-Soviet Propaganda, has been erected in the US capital.

Remarkably, the roots of the "Holodomor" ("deliberate starvation") myth lie in the longstanding Cold War standoff between Soviet Russia and the West. After the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, infamous Nazi collaborators — members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and their paramilitary UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) units — fled into Western Europe and the United States, escaping punishment for their hideous crimes, including ruthless terror against peaceful Jewish, Ukrainian and Russian civilians.

In 1949 the CIA and the US State Department sponsored the OUN-UPA leaders' immigration to the United States, planning to use them as subversion groups and intelligence agents in the Cold War against Soviet Russia.

One of them, Mykola Lebed was characterized as "a well-known sadist and collaborator of the Germans" by the CIA, according to Swedish-American historian Dr. Per Anders Rudling in his book "The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths." However, this fact had not prevented the CIA from recruiting the former Nazi collaborator.

"Mykola Lebed [who was responsible for the murder of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia] lived in Queens, New York, until the 1990s, totally supported by the CIA or State Department," the US expert in Soviet history Professor Grover Carr Furr of Montclair State University, narrated in an interview with Sputnik in May, 2015.

The CIA believed that Ukrainian nationalism could be used as an efficient cold war weapon.

While the Ukrainian nationalists provided Washington with valuable information about its Cold War rivals, the CIA in return was placing the nationalist veterans into positions of influence and authority, helping them to create semi-academic institutions or academic positions in existing universities.

By using these formal and informal academic networks, the Ukrainian nationalists had been disseminating anti-Russian propaganda, creating myths and re-writing history at the same time whitewashing the wartime crimes of OUN-UPA.

The sculpture of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC
The sculpture of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC

One of these myths was "Holodomor" that claimed that the USSR and its leader Joseph Stalin deliberately starved to death from three to seven million Ukrainians.

"In 1987 the film "Harvest of Despair" was made. It was the beginning of the 'Holodomor' movement. The film was entirely funded by Ukrainian nationalists, mainly in Canada. A Canadian scholar, Douglas Tottle, exposed the fact that the film took photographs from the 1921-22 'Volga famine' and used them to illustrate the 1932-33 famine. Tottle later wrote a book, 'Fraud, Famine, and Fascism: The Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard,' about the phony 'Holodomor' issue," Professor Furr elaborated.

After the collapse of the USSR, the Ukrainian diaspora played a substantial role in shaping the ideology of the new Ukrainian state. "Unlike many other former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian government did not need to develop new national myths from scratch, but imported ready concepts developed in the Ukrainian diaspora," Dr. Rudling underscored.

However, it was under Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (who gained his power after the Western-sponsored Maidan uprising of 2004, also known as the Orange Revolution) when the anti-Russian myth making caught its second wind in Ukraine. Under Yushchenko, several institutes of "memory management" and "myth making" were established in the country.

Both Russian and Western historians have questioned the "Holodomor" concept as well as evidently exaggerated number of victims of the famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine.

American historian Professor Mark B. Tauger, West Virginia University, carried out thorough research on the famine of 1932-33 in the USSR, and came to the conclusion that the disaster was due to environmental circumstances and was evidently not related to the Soviet policy in the region.

"Popular media and most historians for decades have described the great famine that struck most of the USSR in the early 1930s as "man-made," very often a "genocide" that Stalin perpetrated intentionally against Ukrainians and sometimes other national groups to destroy them as nations… This perspective, however, is wrong. The famine that took place was not limited to Ukraine or even rural areas of the USSR, it was not fundamentally or exclusively man-made, and it was far from the intention of Stalin and others in the Soviet leadership to create such as disaster. A small but growing literature relying on new archival documents and a critical approach to other sources has shown the flaws in the "genocide" or "intentionalist" interpretation of the famine and has developed an alternative interpretation," Tauger wrote in his research work "Review of R.W. Davies and Stephen G. Wheatcroft, The Years of Hunger: Soviet Agriculture, 1931-1933."

Tauger stressed that climatic conditions played the main role in the famine of 1932-33.

Paradoxically, supporters of the "Holodomor" myth remain silent about the fact that Russia (including the territory of modern Ukraine) had suffered from periodic devastating famines since the end of 19th century, long before Bolsheviks came to power in 1917. They also ignore the fact that there were serious famines in 1920-21, 1924, 1927 and 1928.

Interestingly enough, official Soviet Ukrainian primary sources show that the 1928-29 famine, caused by natural disaster, mainly drought, was very serious, and Ukraine received more aid from the Soviet government, than the Kremlin sent to other parts of the USSR. This obviously disproves the false theory of the Ukrainian nationalists' "malicious" conspiracy against Ukrainian peasants in the Soviet Union, noted Grover Furr in his book "Blood Lies: The Evidence that Every Accusation Against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands Is False."

Azov battalion fighters in Kiev
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Azov battalion fighters in Kiev

In response to historians who suggest that the Ukrainian peasants starved and suffered especially because of Collectivization — Stalin's policy of the early 1930s aimed at consolidating individual lands into collective farms — Tauger emphasized:

"These studies minimize or ignore the actual harvest data, the environmental factors that caused low harvests, the repeated recovery from the famine and crop failures, the large harvests of the 1930s, the mechanization of Soviet farms in these years, Soviet population growth, and the long-term increases in food production and consumption over the Soviet period" ("Soviet Peasants and Collectivization, 1930-1939).

According to the scholar, although the Stalin regime implemented collectivization "coercively," the policy "brought substantial modernization to traditional agriculture in the Soviet Union, and laid the basis for relatively high food production and consumption by the 1970s and 1980s" ("Stalin, Soviet Agriculture and Collectivization, 1930-1939").

Remarkably, the famine of 1932-33 was the last famine that struck the Soviet Union with the exception for the famine of 1946-47 the country suffered from after the Second World War.

Although the "Holodomor" myth was never based upon credible evidence and there are enough authentic sources to prove that it is a hoax, it is simply taken for granted. Unsurprisingly, Washington  supports the myth as a part of its recent Cold War-style anti-Russian campaign. Alas, even repeated a thousand times a lie will never become the truth.

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  • Arioch The
    Many of dead families still had noticeable hidden grain depots, many still had healthy cattle in sheds.

    All the fish caught in Soviet Ukraine (Black Sea and all the lakes/rivers) remained in it, additionally Soviet Ukraine imported fish caught in other Soviet Republics.

    In the dawn of 1932 USSR slashed wheat export tenfold. In the dawn for 1933 USSR switched from exporting to IMPORTING wheat (mainly from Persia).

    Maximum death rate was in July/June, almost no deaths in winter (both 1932 and 1933), that in the agriculture area full of deep forests.

    So - deaths of hunger ? Because of grains (only grains!) shortage? Amidst the rich forests and only in summer? Go figure...
  • MATTHEW TIMOTHY WARREN
    OBLAST St Petersburg Guide GIVE THIS TO SAINT PUTIN PLEASE. HES GONNA LOVE IT AND PUT IT TO GOOD USE PUT-IN IN WORK WITH THAT GOLD. TELL HIM I LOVE HIM AND HE WILL BE OK I WEPT TO GOD FOR HIM. www.massgeneral.org/regenmed/publications/CSCRossi.pdf
  • Today, many people seeking the truth only, knows how Russia was sold out by the west to achieve their own ungodly agenda. As they say, the so-called victors re-write history, -- a pack of lies -- to suit and further their evil aims.

    But the truth will out! Black lies painted with diabolical cunning to hide the pure white truth, peeled off over time, the pure truth is revealed, despite the puny and despicable doings of mice and men!

    God knows His time and those behind the suffering of Russia, will reap what they have sown and it will be terrible.
  • cmat.wolfgang
    You will always find some screwed Historian who writes the lies you want to hear!
    But intelligent People know that, and I know that Stalin was a bastard.
    Sorry if I hurt your feelings, but that is nothing compared with that my Family had to suffer from Stalin.
  • danielgharvey
    I would comment but Sputnick seems to take off any posts that they don't like. This site has no free speech; so people who lie can not handle the truth; so I don't believe what this article is saying. millions were starved and also Russians killed under Communism. But oh well; if the Russians can't handle free speach than the deserves what they got.
  • Skevin
    excerp from christopher Simpsom's book: Blowback:
    OUN activists had been in the business of assassination and terror since the earliest days of the group and were responsible for the 1934 murder of Polish Interior Minister General Bronislav Pieracki, among others. The League of Nations had publicly condemned the OUN as a terrorist syndicate for organizing that killing, and Polish courts had handed down death sentences (later commuted to life imprisonment) to OUN leaders Mykola Lebed and Stepan Bandera for their roles in that crime. Both men were freed, however, in the confusion that followed the German and Soviet invasions of Poland in 1939.
    As noted above, Lebed entered the Gestapo’s training school in Krakow in 1939. The Yad Vashem archives in Jerusalem contain a detailed description of Lebed’s activities at that center that was provided by Mykyta Kosakivs’kyy, a former OUN functionary who worked under Lebed’s command at Krakow but who broke with him after the war. As Kosakivs’kyy tells it, Lebed personally led the torture and murder of captured Jews at Krakow as a means of “hardening” his men against bloodshed.15 (Lebed himself acknowledges that he was active in the Gestapo center but denies he took part in torture or murder.)
    By the time Mykola Lebed arrived in the United States in 1949, the CIA and OPC appear to have discarded any lingering reservations about employment of Nazi collaborators for behind-the- lines missions into the USSR. Who was better suited, after all, to lead an insurgency in the Ukraine than the men who had shared their weal and woe during the war? The OUN/UPA’s Nazi collaborators, in short, were not accidentally involved in U.S. efforts in
    the region through an oversight.
    In fact Mykola Lebed and many many other nazi where used: 1) to replace and dismiss honest american intelligence agent who did not want to lie pretending that soviet union intended to attack western Europe. 2) Start the cold war, 3)Mount propaganda operation against SU and justify the american attack against Korea, 4)-Help reinforce the power of american nazi sympathetizer 5)Help witch hunting against a wide variety of american citizens....
    The most surprising thing was that among these terrific war criminals who were employed by united states, the crim of some of them was to have killed US POW pilot in cold blod.
  • in reply todanielgharvey(Show commentHide comment)
    danielgharvey, ha ha.
  • in reply tocmat.wolfgang(Show commentHide comment)
    cmat.wolfgang, can u write more about it?
  • cmat.wolfgangin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
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    No, I don't want that here,
    because we Germans also had our Problems. No doubt about that.

    So, I don't have any bad feelings toward Russia, and I would very much hope that relations between Germany and Russia are as good as possible.
    Forgiveness and a new start in good relations is in our time necessary. And I am open. I also think other times have other rules and it is very difficult to judge the past.
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