The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

An eye-opening account of the terror famine under the mass murderer Stalin in the early 1930s. Millions of people were starved or deported to force rural areas into collectivization, state-controlled farms. Unrealistic quotas had to be filled to feed the Russian army and Russian cities. The State confiscated the harvest and left the peasants with scraps or nothing. Peasants in the Ukraine were particularly targeted as the USSR sought to destroy their culture and impose the Russian language. Millions, yes millions, were shot, starved, or deported to the frigid north. The statistics are staggering; the suffering was horrific. The land was filled with emaciated corpses of men, women, and children. The book was written in the 1980s before the breakup of the USSR. Today Russia seeks to regain lands lost. If anyone wonders why the Ukraine will defend itself to the death this book will help you understand. Communism was responsible for the slaughter of millions. Communists purged their own party members suspected of departure from the party line. The names have changed but Communism is no less evil today than it was 100 years ago. We ignore history at our own peril!

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