Bitter Harvest

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While everybody knows about the Holocaust, there was another major genocide in Europe in the 20th century that is almost unknown.

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The Holodomor, Stalin’s manufactured famine/genocide, is believed to have killed up to ten million people in Ukraine in the 1930s. Still denied by Moscow, this genocide has received little to no attention from the West, and none whatsoever from Hollywood.

A new film is due out now which tackles this topic, focusing on a Ukrainian Cossack couple. Keep an eye out for Bitter Harvest this month.

On this day: Hungary’s Arrow Cross Party takes power

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The flag of the Arrow Cross

Very similar to Germany’s Nazi Party, Hungary’s Arrow Cross party took power on the 15th of October, 1944.

Following similar ideas to Hitler, during Arrow Cross’ reign thousands of people died, and tens of thousands of people were deported.

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Just as the Nazis did, party members believed in a “master race”. Their view of this race included Hungarians and Germans. Ironically, the party’s views on race clashed with Hitler’s plans for central Europe.

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Jewish victims of Arrow Cross anti-Semitism. X

By early 1945, Arrow Cross had almost lost power. After World War Two had ended, members of the party were tried on war crimes.

Day of Remembrance

The 23rd of August is the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

The image below depicts Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia attacking Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Georgia.

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December 1930: the Moscow execution of Ukrainian musicians

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In December 1930, 337 Ukrainian musicians were executed in Russia in an attempt to eliminate Ukrainian culture. Some historians place the date of the execution as 1933, but as with most things that happened in the Soviet Union, records are hard to come by.

Starved peasants on a street in Kharkiv, 1933.

Dead peasants in Ukraine during the genocide.

This atrocity took place around the same time as the Holodomor, Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine that rivalled the Holocaust for deaths.

Read more about the execution of the musicians.

 

Anybody going to act on this?

Russian aggression in Ukraine

All I really have to say today is that if somebody doesn’t do something to stop Putin soon, they’re going to seriously regret it. The world has a long history of ignoring Ukraine’s suffering – nobody lifted a finger to save the millions of Ukrainians Russia killed in the Holodomor – but this is about more than just Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin is a megalomaniac who isn’t going to stop just because Obama and Kerry asked him nicely. It’s time for action, not pretty words. We all know what Russia has done to Eastern Europe throughout history. It will be no different this time round.