Standing with the Ukrainians Today

This Saturday, Nov. 24, the Ukrainians commemorate a sad memorial day–“holodomor” (“harvest of death”), the Stalin-engineered, forced famine of 1932-1933 in which 7 to 10 million Ukrainians died. Stalin had the world press suppress this “holocaust” and not until the middle 1980s did the whole world come to grips with what Stalin did to the Ukrainian farmers.

This video contains some graphic scenes, each designed to show the brutality of Stalin’s extermination of 7+ million Ukrainians.

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  • Tim

    Very saddening. I had no idea.

  • I was called miraculously to Ukraine in 1991-2 right after Ukraine declared her independence. At first it was against my will, until God made it clear that He was indeed calling me. In the twenty years I have served there I have seen the terrible spiritual, cultural and pathologic social results of that forced famine. Stalin killed more people than Hitler! But the spiritual devastation and ongoing fight for that territory and the people thereof continues to this day. Stalin was the paranoid puppet tool of the evil one, but his demise did not stop the war. As Paul so well said in Ephesians 6:12(ESV) “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Yesterday marked another anniversary. 8 years ago in Kiev the ‘Orange Revolution’ marked the first time in her history the people of Ukraine stood up to their corrupt and evil rulers en mass. But the territory they gained has been lost again. The charismatic leaders dethroned systematically. President Yushenko was poisoned as he took office and his premier Yulia Tymoshenko is now in prison, sent there at the behest of the very election cheat she overcame in 2004. Stalin is gone but the battle rages on.

  • Brad Lockner

    Thank you Scott,

    My wife’s Mennonite family resided in the Ukraine and suffered mightily from the “famine” and Stalinist persecution — many starved and were sent to the Gulags. Interestingly, a book has been published of a selection from a large cache of letters sent by the relatives in the Gulag to family in Canada. Letters reveal first hand the horrors of the famine and the courageousness of the Christians.

  • Thanks for posting this. We’ve been missionaries here in Kiev for the past 14 years and are always overwhelmed by the history that has happened here – and that no one outside of Ukraine seems to know about. That’s when I am truly saddened by those who liken modern political personages to Hitler because of a certain unpopular policy or tax measure; in doing so, we cheapen what really did happen in history, never even knowing about even more tragic events such as this one.

  • Roman Soloviy

    Thank you for this post. I am Ukrainian. This was awful tragedy that changed Ukrainian nation forever. We should not forget about that.

  • phil_style

    For those unfamiliar with the devastating history of the Ukraine in the early 1930’s, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of “bloodlands” by Timothy Snyder:

  • Oleksandr Geychenko

    Thank you for joining us in this commemoration. Robert Conquest’s book “The Harvest of Sorrow” could be founf here

  • never knew this–thanks for sharing