One of the worst genocides of the 20th century was the deliberate killing of millions of Ukrainians through starvation by the Soviets during 1932-1933.
The Holodomor, “death by hunger,” killed between 4 and 14 million people. Many of them were children.
It was a direct result of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s use of food to batter the Ukrainians into submission.
“The brigades took all the wheat, barley—everything—so we had nothing left,” one survivor, who was a child during the famine, told the BBC. “Even beans that people had set aside just in case.
“The brigades crawled everywhere and took everything. People had nothing left to do but die,” she said.
Given what the Soviets did to the Ukrainians (who also suffered under the Nazis), it’s not surprising that the Ukraine Parliament last week passed laws that will sever any Soviet influences remaining in their country.
As mentioned in the top video, the new legislation will open up all communist archives to help expose the crimes of the Soviet era, and any streets named after communists will also be changed.
The new laws will ban the promotion of symbols and propaganda of both the communist and Nazi regimes.
The so-called Great Patriotic War will become known as the Second World War. A law will also provide a distinctive legal status to veterans who fought for Ukrainian independence during the years 1917 to 1991 when it was part of the Soviet Union.
Moscow has called the laws an attempt to ‘rewrite history.’
Some Ukrainians have acted in advance of the laws, with many communist statues already being demolished. See the video below of the toppling a massive statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv in Ukraine’s second largest city last year.