Raphael Lemkin defined genocide as “the crime of destroying national, racial, or religious groups.” In 1953, Lemkin called the Holodomor “perhaps the classic example of Soviet genocide.” Anne Applebaum, whose new book Red Famine exposes the deliberate policy of mass-starvation imposed by Stalin, agrees (although she recognizes the difficulty of applying the term under international law – which the USSR helped craft). Read more about “collective farms”…
Holodomor Memorial and Museum, Kyiv
Daar is hoeveel oorsese lande wat weet van die misdaad, korrupsie, moorde, veral teenoor ons blanke boere wat ontken word deur die regering. Tog word die anneksasie of grondhervorming op ‘n brutale wyse bekom en toegelaat terwyl lidlande van die Verenigde nasie bewus is wat in Suid-Afrika aan die gang is, en steeds nie ‘n oog knip daaroor nie.
Inteendeel word hordes ooreenkomstes en memorandums onderteken, met swart bemagtiging en regstellende aksie wetgewings tussen regerings en besighede wat hier kom vestig. Selfs grondhervorming word voorgehou as ‘n vals vlag en word deurgevoer as Wetgewing. Hoeveel grond is al aan die Chinese of selfs ander lande belowe?
Die destydse Britse premier (May) kon nie wag om haar danspassies hier te kom “vervolmaak” oor grondhervorming, mits dit wettig is. Enige regering kan wetgewing skryf en dit wettig maak. Is dit omdat Engeland dit al in die verlede met die Boere republieke gedoen het, dat hulle niks verder daaroor voel en nog minder ‘n traan stort oor een dood in ‘n Anglo Boere konsentrasiekamp.
Daar is oor die 30000 van ons Boere en Afrikaner volksvroue, kinders en ou mense so gelaat om van honger om te kom. In die tydperk is alle plase waar voedsel produseer is, ook tot as verbrand. Nie ‘n piep van ‘n muis daar uit die Britse kringe nie en ook nie ander lande nie.
Daar is wel leiers soos die Amerikaanse president, Trump wat hom al uitgespreek het, selfs ‘n besoek aan Suid-Afrika gebring. Wat het daarna gebeur? Het ons as volk regtig iets verwag om te gebeur. Trump het begin sanksies instel – sal sien wat die uiteinde daarvan is.
Regerings was baie gou om die vorige regime te veroordeel met die sogenaamde “apartheid”, maar kon nie wat om die ANC aan bewind te kry nie. Dit terwyl swartes hul eie aparte gebiede ingestem het al sedert 1854, en selfs na 1994 het hul steeds aparte gebiede, in die vorm van Trustgebiede of grondeise (CPA’s). Skryf ‘n wetgewing en maak alles wettig. Voor 1994 was daar verkiesing in al die Tuislande wat volle onafhanklikheid sou verkry het, wat ook die grond ingesluit het.
Leiers kyk gerieflik ander pad vir al die moorde, misdaad, verkragtings en hoe ons mense landuit vlug om beter te kan oorleef. Hoekom? Gaan alles oor inkomste en finansies. Dit beteken ontsettende groot inkomste vir al daardie lande wat ons volkslede saambring as vereistes, as hul emigreer, om te moet oorleef. Min of selde word ons toegelaat as vlugtelinge, terwyl miljoene immigrante uit Afrika lande oral instroom. Plaas dit op ‘n skaal van voor en nadele. Dis ons Afrikaner en Boere volk, kultuur, Afrikaanse taal, etnisiteit, identeit wat totaal en al vernietig word in die proses.
Al hierdie lande laat toe dat daar miljoene in hulle lande ingebring word deur ons volksgenote wat geen werksomstandighede het weens rassistiese en diskriminerende wetgewing, B-BBEE, EE en Onteiening in Suid-Afrika. Al hierdie lande het verteenwoordigers in Suid-Afrika. Hulle is tjoepstil oor al die diskriminasie, mynverdrae wat op B-BBEE en EE gebou is. Geen blanke burger van Suid-Afrika welkom nie, maar hordes ander uit ander lande is welkom.
Diskriminasie vind nie net in Suid-Afrika plaas teenoor ons blanke minderheidsvolk nie. As immigrante van oral welkom is al vlugtelinge, waarom nie ook ons volkslede nie?
Nie ver van Suid-Afrika speel dieselfde tonele in verskeie Afrika lande af. Digby ons grens aan die noorde, is Zimbabwe waar daar heelwat burgers van die land vlug na ander lande in die hoop vir ‘n paar krummels. Hulle was eens die broodmandjie van Afrika. Vandag is daar niks oor nie. Sommige burgers is in staat tot moord en misdaad om opdragte uit te voer vir …. In 1900 het identies dieselfde gebeur met die twee onafhanklike Boere republieke. Dis waar alles wat die britse regering nie kon inpalm nie, afgebrand dat daar niks oor is nie. Om minerale te verkry.
Russia still denies the Holodomor was ‘genocide’
It was marked as “Holodomor Remembrance Day,” honoring the millions of Ukrainians who died of forced starvation at the hands of the Soviets in the 1930s. Some 80 years later, and a quarter-century after the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the Russian government still denies that this atrocity constitutes a “genocide.”
Furthermore, the U.S. State Department’s statement calling the Holodomor a “Soviet-manufactured tragedy” allegedly “disparaged the memory of the victims of that famine who belonged to other ethnic groups.”
She described the Holodomor as merely the result of “severe drought and forced [farm] collectivization” which “hit Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Volga region, the North Caucasus, West Siberia and the South Urals.” Thus, Zakharova perfectly illustrated why the State Department condemned “efforts to deny it as a historical fact.”
The archives make Soviet direction of the “famine” undeniable. In a December 1932 directive, Communist officials ordered regions placed on the “black list” to endure the “immediate cessation of delivery of goods” and the “complete suspension of cooperative and state trade,” including “farm trade.” The abundant crops Ukraine had produced were requisitioned or sometimes left to rot. Soldiers ransacked whole villages for their edible goods before blockading their residents and denying them the right to buy food.
According to the man who coined the term. Raphael Lemkin defined genocide as “the crime of destroying national, racial, or religious groups.” In 1953, Lemkin called the Holodomor “perhaps the classic example of Soviet genocide.” Anne Applebaum, whose new book Red Famine exposes the deliberate policy of mass-starvation imposed by Stalin, agrees (although she recognizes the difficulty of applying the term under international law – which the USSR helped craft).
The Politburo liquidated peasants, because they were seen as the bastion of Ukrainian patriotism, ingenuity and independence, and cultural identity. Destroying them would change the nation’s sense of itself. “National sovereignty defines what we are,” said Roger Scruton at an Acton Institute conference in London last December (a theme he develops in his latest book, On Human Nature).
Communists always eradicate society’s intellectuals as a form of regicide. “According to the Ukrainian Quarterly of Autumn 1948, 51,713 intellectuals were sent to Siberia in 1931 alone,” Lemkin said. “It is conservatively estimated that at least 75 percent of the Ukrainian intellectuals and professional men in Western Ukraine, Carpatho–Ukraine and Bukovina have been brutally exterminated by the Russians.” The Soviets also forcibly resettle Russians in Ukraine – an ongoing source of conflict.
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Collective farms and ‘the soul of Ukraine’
The Soviets particularly targeted Christian clergy and the Church, which Lemkin called “the soul of Ukraine.” In less than a decade, Communists murdered 32 Orthodox bishops and 10,000 priests. But the assault on the Church had wider repercussions:
These attacks on the Soul have also had and will continue to have a serious effect on the Brain of Ukraine, for it is the families of the clergy that have traditionally supplied a large part of the intellectuals, while the priests themselves have been the leaders of the villages, their wives the heads of the charitable organizations. The religious orders ran schools, and took care of much of the organized charities.
Marxists struck at the root of the opposition to New Soviet Man by secularizing and nationalizing all those activities that had once been performed voluntarily by people of faith. The national religion would be atheism; intellectual life would yield to propaganda; all economic activity would be centrally planned; and schools and charities would be run by, and for the benefit of, the Communist Party.
Lemkin’s analogy has precedent. The early church document the Letter to Diognetus stated, “What the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world.” As people of faith are forcibly impeded from living out their vocation, the body wilts.
It is true that millions of people perished under Stalin’s agricultural collectivization in other regions of the USSR, as they had a decade earlier under Lenin’s more modest policies. Soviet agricultural production would not rebound to 1928 levels until at least the 1950s.
- Similar “land reform” policies brought want and starvation to socialist nations from North Korea, to Cuba, to modern-day Zimbabwe. Famine inevitably follows the violation of economic laws most in accord with human nature, which was created to be free.
After centralizing all economic activity into its own hands, the Communist state could hand out rewards or, more often, exact punishments like a vengeful god. But it could not stamp out human nature which, carrying the divine spark of life, reminded collectivists of its Creator.
The Holodomor was the Communist appartchik’s ( a member of a Communist Party) penance upon the Ukrainian people for exposing the idolatry and futility of collectivism. It should also be a reminder of what happens to the world when its “soul” allows or, increasingly, invites the state to displace it from performing its life-giving functions.
How Millions Of Ukrainians Died of Starvation During Stalin-Era Mass Famine
23 November 2019 –
What is slowing down the recognition of the mass annihilation by famine of Ukrainians by the Stalinist regime as genocide? Why is Russia so strongly opposed to this process? How did Jews and Armenians gain recognition of the genocide against their people? How does this affect geopolitics? November is the month of remembrance, and this year marks the 86th commemoration of the 1932-33 Holodomor, one of the major genocides of the 20th century.
On November 28, 2006, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine”, which recognizes the famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.
From 3 to 6 million – the number of victims estimated by Ukrainian scholars and researchers.
- Out of 195 countries, 16 UN countries and Vatican City recognize the Holodomor as genocide on the state level: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, USA, and the Vatican.
- Many administrative regional entities have recognized the Holodomor as genocide;
- The Baltic Assembly has recognized the Holodomor as genocide;
- PACE and the European Parliament have recognized the Holodomor as an “appalling crime against humanity”;
- In November 2003, the 58th UN General Assembly Session adopted a joint statement calling the Holodomor a “national tragedy for the Ukrainian people”. At that time and to this day, Russia has repeatedly opposed the recognition of the Holodomor as genocide.
According to the Holodomor Museum, the act of genocide can be testified by the following:
- 3456 found and declassified documents of the Communist party and other executive organs, including those signed by Stalin;
- 3186 death registration acts folios of 1932-1933, that proved mass killing by artificially organized starvation;
- testimonial evidences of 1730 witnesses and victims of criminal acts committed by the totalitarian regime;
- 857 mass burials of genocide victims;
- 735 settlements, kolkhozes (collective farms), rural villages and areas of Ukraine, where executive power imposed a regime based on the so-called “чорні дошки” (black boards), according to which armed regiments and troops blocked these settlements, trade was forbidden, foodstuffs, clothes, property were confiscated. In reality, these acts were directed at the extermination of the civil population by starvation;
- 400 found and declassified documents of the SBU State Institutional Archives, which prove that the famine was artificially organized by the authorities;
- archive documents of several foreign diplomatic missions;
- archive documents that prove the mass resettling of ethnic Russians in Ukraine;
- documentary photos revealing the tragic events of the Holodomor of 1932-1933.
Harvard University professor Serhiy Plokhy says that “the recognition of Holodomor as genocide would allow interested countries to include the history of the Holodomor in school programs where there is a section on genocides, as well as in museum exhibitions, and spread information about the tragedy and about Ukraine in the whole world.”
In the case of Ukraine, the process is complicated because the 1932-33 Holodomor was specifically staged by Stalin to destroy Ukrainians, and this fact is linked to proving Russia’s aggressive policy, which openly justifies the Stalinist regime.
Many political experts maintain that Vladimir Putin, like Joseph Stalin, is trying to “erase Ukraine from the world map as a geopolitical reality.” Professor Volodymyr Vasylenko, international lawyer, judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia:
“The Holodomor then, and Russian aggression today – these two historical events illustrate the Kremlin’s revenge for actively opposing its plans and intentions.”
Not only does Russia categorically deny that the Holodomor was genocide, it also actively opposes the recognition of genocide against Ukrainians by other countries. In fact, Russia is pushing leaders of other countries not to support Ukraine’s appeals to recognize the Holodomor as genocide.
Russian diplomacy and part of the Kremlin-engaged academic community are spreading the word, above all in Western countries, that the Holodomor cannot be recognized as genocide because, according to them, it was a “famine caused by natural factors in many other soviet republics”.
During a debate held on 7 November, MPs from the House of Commons in Britain (lower chamber of Parliament) have called for the Government to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people, UNIAN reported.
The debates, held in the Westminster Hall of the British Parliament, were initiated by Pauline Latham, a member of the ruling Conservative Party in the House of Commons. Lathem mentioned this is not the first time she is taking part in debates on the topic and constantly calls on the British goverhment to recognize the Holodomor as genocide.
“I stand here today to remind colleagues of this atrocity which occurred in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, and ask again that the government recognize this politicized act of evil as genocide,” Latham said.
She recalled that the Holodomor literally means “death by starvation” and that it was purposefully organized by Joseph Stalin to destroy a large part of the Ukrainian population.
According to Latham, Stalin’s closure of the eastern border of Ukraine to block the movement of Ukrainian peasants in search of food is a sign that his policy was driven by hostility to the identity, traditions, and culture of Ukrainians, and can be qualified as ethnic cleansing, that the Holodomor is an example of a crime caused by political ideology, and “fueled by prejudice.”