Eric Margolis: Ukraine’s Unknown Holocaust


Richard Moore

Release Date: December 13, 1998
Eric Margolis, c/o Editorial Department, The Toronto Sun
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Remembering Ukraine's Unknown Holocaust
by Eric Margolis

LOS ANGELES - As Britain's socialist government cleared the way for a gaudy show
trial of that Great Satan of the left, Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the 65th 
anniversary of this century's bloodiest crime was utterly ignored. Leftists now 
baying for Pinochet's head don't want to be reminded of the Unknown Holocaust

In 1932, Soviet leader Josef Stalin unleashed genocide in Ukraine. Stalin 
determined to force Ukraine's millions of independent farmers - called `kulaks'-
into collectivized Soviet agriculture, and to crush Ukraine's growing spirit of 

Ukraine's nightmare had begun in 1932. Faced by resistance to collectivization, 
Stalin unleashed terror upon Ukraine. Moscow dispatched 25,000 fanatical young 
party militants - earlier versions of Mao's `Red Guards' - to force 10 million 
Ukrainian peasants into collective farms. Secret police units of OGPU began 
selective executions of recalcitrant farmers.

When Stalin's red guards failed to make a dent in this immense number, OGPU was 
ordered to begin mass executions. But there were simply not enough Chekists 
(secret police) to kill so many people, so Stalin decided to replace bullets by 
a much cheaper medium of death, mass starvation.

All seed stocks, grain, silage, and farm animals were confiscated from Ukraine's
farms. Ethiopia's communist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam, used the very same 
method in the 1970's to force collectivization: the resulting famine cased one 
million deaths.

OGPU agents and Red Army troops sealed all roads and rail lines. Nothing came in
or out of Ukraine. Farms were searched and looted of food and fuel. Ukrainians 
quickly began to die of hunger, cold, and sickness.

When OGPU failed to meet weekly execution quotas, Stalin sent henchman, Lazar 
Kaganovitch, to destroy Ukrainian resistance. Kaganovitch, the Soviet Eichmann, 
made quota, shooting 10,000 Ukrainians weekly. Eighty percent of all Ukrainian 
intellectuals were executed. Ukrainian Nikita Khruschchev helped supervise the 

During the bitter winter of 1932-33, mass starvation created by Kaganovitch and 
OGPU hit full force. Ukrainians ate their pets, boots, belts, bark, and roots. 
Cannibalism became common; parents even ate infant children.

The precise number of Ukrainians murdered by Stalin's custom-made famine and 
Cheka firing squads remains unknown to this day. KGB's archives, and recent work
by Russian historians, shows at least 7 million Ukrainians died. Ukrainian 
historians put the figure at 9 million, or higher. Twenty-five percent of 
Ukraine's population was exterminated.

Six million other farmers across the USSR were starved or shot during 
collectivization. Stalin told Churchill he liquidated ten million peasants 
during the 1930's. Add mass executions by the Cheka in Estonia, Latvia, and 
Lithuania; the genocide of 3 million Muslims of the USSR; massacres of Cossacks 
and Volga Germans. In total, Soviet industrial genocide accounted for at least 
40 million victims, not including 20 million war dead.

Kaganovitch, and many senior OGPU officers( later, NKVD) were Jewish. The 
predominance of Jews among Bolshevik leaders, and the frightful crimes and 
cruelty inflicted by Stalin's Cheka on Ukraine, the Baltic, and Poland, led the 
victims of Red Terror to blame the Jewish people for both communism and their 
suffering. As a direct result, during the subsequent Nazi occupation of Eastern 
Europe, the region's innocent Jews became the target of ferocious revenge by 
Ukrainians, Balts, and Poles.

While the world is by now fully aware of the destruction of Europe's Jews by the
Nazis, the story of the numerically larger holocaust in Ukraine has been 
suppressed, or ignored. Ukraine's genocide occured 8-9 years before Hitler began
the Jewish Holocaust, and was committed, unlike Nazi crimes, before the world's 
gaze. But Stalin's murder of millions was simply denied, or concealed by a 
leftwing conspiracy of silence that continues to this day. In the strange moral 
geometry of mass murder, only Nazis are guilty.

Socialist luminaries like Bernard Shaw, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, and PM Edouard
Herriot of France, toured Ukraine during 1932-33, and proclaimed reports of 
famine were false. Shaw announced, `I did not see one under-nourished person in 
Russia.' New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer Prize 
for his Russian reporting, wrote claims of famine were `malignant propaganda.' 
Seven million people were dying around them, yet these fools saw nothing. The 
New York Times has never repudiated Duranty's lies.

Modern leftists do not care to be reminded their ideological and historical 
roots are entwined with this century's greatest crime - Stalin's mass murder 
machine - the inevitable result of enforced social engineering and marxist 
theology. Had Germany won the war, today's `reformed' Euro- Nazis would take the
same amnesiac approach to Hitler as modern European socialists do to Stalin.

Western historians delicately skirt the sordid fact that the governments of 
Britain, the US, and Canada were fully aware of the Ukrainian genocide and 
Stalin's other monstrous crimes. Yet they eagerly welcomed him as an ally during
World War II. Stalin, whom an adoring Roosevelt called `Uncle Joe,' murdered 
four times more people than Adolf Hitler - and a decade earlier. Roosevelt and 
Churchill colluded with and helped save history's most murderous regime. Time to
face this ugly fact.

None of the Soviet mass murderers who committed genocide were ever brought to 
justice. `Soviet Eichmann' Lazar Kaganovitch died peacefully in Moscow a few 
years ago, still wearing his Order of the Soviet Union, and enjoying a generous 
state pension.

[Eric Margolis is a syndicated foreign affairs columnist and broadcaster based 
in Toronto, Canada.]

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