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You're reading: Ukraine’s great famine 1932-33 – 80th anniversary

Dear Friends!

In 1932-33 there was a famine in the USSR. Twenty years later Raphael
Lemkin,  a Polish-American-Jewish lawyer,
one of the draftsman of the United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, offered the following remarks in a paper
which he entitled “Soviet Genocide in the
Ukraine
”: 

What I
want to speak about is perhaps the classic example of Soviet genocide… the
destruction of the Ukrainian nation… the Soviet plan was aimed at the
farmers, the large mass of independent peasants who are the repository of the
tradition, folklore and music, the national language and literature, the
national spirit, of Ukraine. The weapon used against this body is perhaps the
most terrible of all – starvation. Between 1932 and 1933, 5,000,000 Ukrainians
starved to death…”
 

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