Stalin's Forced Famine Genocide
1932 - 1933

Ukraine famine women
Shipping out the crops


The term genocide was not coined until the 1940s, so historians have gone back into history and defined certain events as genocides. At the time, they were happening if the rest of the world knew about it they did not refer to it as genocide.  Such is the case with Stalin's Forced Famine. In November, 2006 the Ukrainian Parliament recognized "the Soviet-era forced famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people..." (Lisova, 2006).

Josef Stalin came to power in the Soviet Union in 1924 with the death of Lenin. There is much documentation about Stalin being ruthless and cruel. Around 1929, he felt like he was losing his authority in the Ukraine , which was once referred to as the breadbasket of Europe because of its fertile soil and climate conducive to growing crops. Stalin systematically took ownership of the farmers' land and eventually after many conflicts and punishments; he forcibly shipped all the crops and food out of the Ukraine . Leaving the Ukrainians to starve to death and finally closing off the Ukraine borders not allowing any food to enter the country.  By 1933 an estimated 25,000 people were dying daily. An estimated 7 million Ukrainians died during this forced famine.  

This site provides links to detailed history and photographs of this forced famine.



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