Saturday, April 15, 2023

Putin’s Army: Following in the steps of Stalin then Hitler – The Holodomor

I received this moving post this morning from a wonderful colleague-Wendy.

As educators it is important ‘we teach our children well’…

Teach Your Children     Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

You, who are on the road,

Must have a code

That you can live by.

And so become yourself

Because the past is just a goodbye.

Teach your children well.

Their father’s hell

Did slowly go by.

The older I get the more I realize how little I know. We’ve all heard of the Holocaust — BUT I had never heard of The Holodomor.

I’m reminded of Edmund Burke’s quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” How much longer will it take for good men (and women) to stop dithering and stop these atrocities from unfolding for the third time in a century for the people of the Ukraine?

A fact that why Canada in particular should not be doing nothing…. — Ukrainian – Canadians are the third-largest Ukrainian population in the world — behind the Ukraine and Russia. There are over 1.2 million Canadians with Ukrainian roots!

I encourage you to take a moment to read — share this moving post by Joe Becigneul

I read it yesterday just after watching the destruction of a Children’s Hospital in this battle torn country.

And as you read reflect humm  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s  words —

…  Must have a code that you can live by.

Joe Becigneul

At the entrance to the memorial park in Kyiv, there is a sculpture of an extremely thin girl with a very sad look holding a handful of wheat ears in her hands. Behind her back is the Candle of Remembrance, a monument with details reminiscent of authentic embroidery that can be found on traditional Ukrainian costumes. This is a monument that commemorates a historical event known as the Holodomor.

What is the Holodomor?

After the end of the First World War, Ukraine was an independent state, but in 1919 the Soviet Union “sucked” it into the community of Soviet states. The Ukrainians, who even then considered themselves a Central European people like the Poles and not an Eastern European like the Russians, tried to restore Ukraine’s independence.

In 1932, not wanting to lose control of Europe’s main granary, Stalin resorted to one of the most heinous forms of terror against one nation. In the process of nationalization, he took away the grain-producing land from the Ukrainian peasants, but also all its offerings, thus creating an artificial famine. The goal was to “teach Ukrainians to be smart” so that they would no longer oppose official Moscow. Thus the people who produced the most grain in Europe were left without a crumb of bread. The peak of the Holodomor was in the spring of 1933. In Ukraine at that time, 17 people died of hunger every minute, more than 1,000 every hour, and almost 24,500 every day! People were literally starving to death in the streets.

Stalin settled the Russian population in the emptied Ukrainian villages. During the next census, there was a large shortage of population. Therefore, the Soviet government annulled the census, destroyed the census documents, and the enumerators were shot or sent to the gulag, in order to completely hide the truth.

World War. Their poison gas was hunger. Their Hitler was Stalin. Their Holocaust was the Holodomor. For them, fascist Berlin was Soviet Moscow, and their concentration camp was the Soviet Union. Today, 28 countries around the world present the Holodomor as genocide against Ukrainians, which you could not learn about in school, because almost all evidence was destroyed and victims were covered up for decades, survivors were forcibly silenced by not having the right to vote until recently.

The Holodomor at that time broke the Ukrainian resistance, but it made the desire for Ukraine’s independence from Russia eternal.

Contact your MPs they represent you and your wishes in this representative democracy.

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Terrance Power
Terrance Power is a Wharton Fellow and professor of strategic and international studies with the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria. This article was published in the Business Edge. Power can be reached at


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