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Did Hitler or Stalin during WW II kill the most Ukrainians?

For ill-fated Ukraine more horrific tragedy would follow the Holodomor as it escalates into a larger more terrible world catastrophe and realignment of world power. “The great puzzle is: Did Hitler or Stalin during WW II kill the most Ukrainians?”, Gregorovich asks hauntingly.

Unfortunately, this is a most relevant question and no more absurd than the silence of the West to ignore it. And ever more so relevant today with Genocide currently inflicted on defenseless populations in various forms. His reply is no less creepy: “Hitler’s crimes in Ukraine have been better documented and are better known. Stalin said that history is written by the winners. As a victor over Nazi Germany Stalin’s USSR was able to hide its Genocide of Ukrainians. After the war Stalin conceded that 7 million Soviet citizens died but we know he concealed the real figures.” Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in 1961, set the death toll in the USSR at 20 million and this seems to be an accurate accounting. More recently Moscow has set figures as high as 25 million; in Washington in 1990 Gorbachev declared 27 million dead but he may have included non-combat deaths as well. (F. Wilheilm Christians, Paths to Russia, from War to Peace, NY: Macmillan, 1990)

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)