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Death by Hunger

Only a few years ago far from Washington and on the opposite side of the world the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko declared November 21 a day of national mourning in honor of ten million victims of Terror-Famine of the Ukraine known as the Holodomor (“Death by Hunger” in Ukrainian pronounced with a “G” as in “Golo”).

In fact, as terrible as it really was maybe the death toll was as high as 14.5 million as declared by former Soviet Premier Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev. Impossible? Unthinkable? Why? Gorbachev had supreme authority and access to the most secret Soviet archives. Or, perhaps the true death figure is “between three and six million”. Or, as “claimed from six to eleven million lives, depending on how the estimates are made”. (Martin Malia, The Soviet Tragedy, A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991, NY: Free Press-Macmillan, 1994, 1999;Orest Subtelny, Ukraine, A History, Univ. of Toronto Press,1988, 1994, 415)