Sunday, March 1, 2009

What is Holodomor?

What is Holodomor? I don't have any idea at all! In fact, this is the first time that I ever encounter this word. There is a website that discusses the truth about holodomor. It was a very interesting article. It even made me ask Dave about it. When it comes to interesting history stuff, more often than not, Dave always have an idea about it.

Holodomor is the famine that took place in Soviet Ukraine during 1932-1933. The devastating famine affected most major grain-producing agricultural areas of the Soviet Union. The Holodomor ravaged the rural population and is considered one of the greatest national catastrophes to affect the modern history.

There is a big debate about holodomor and its cause. It was a big debate between scholars and political figures whether holodomor is a genocide or not. Some Ukrainian politicians, including Victor Yuschenko, argued that holodomor is designed to attack Ukraine and it should be categorized as genocide. Members of other EU nations did not agree.
In order to politicize the issue and capture worldwide attention, Victor Yuschenko transformed golodomor to holodomor in order to somewhat sound like holocaust, thus it gives peoples' mind to think of it as genocide. However, on October 2008, the European Parliament rejected the call for famine in 1932-1933 in Ukraine as an act of genocide but a crime that was planned by Stalin's regime to force through the Soviet Union's policy of collectivization of agriculture.


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