How do you put “a face on the faceless”?
Former British intel op Robert Conquest tried to do it in 1986 with his book Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine. Information is disinformation. That might seem like a contradiction in logic. It is not. It is no mere coincidence that the Conquest famine book was published the same year research findings were published by Holodomor historian and Kiev resident James Mace and the US Commission Investigation of the Ukrainian Famine, 1932–1933. Two years later Washington published the US CongressReport on the Ukraine Famine (1988). An interesting synchronicity was in play.
In fact, Mace and Conquest actually collaborated on their famine research. Both were Harvard research fellows and at the time both were funded by Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute.
Think about it. Immediately that should tell raise eyebrows. Follow the money. There are always strings attached. And they can be cut as easily as they are pulled. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Leave it to the Harvard, Princeton and Yale cronies and that’s what you get: the Harvard-Princeton-Yale take. Conformity has many versions of coercion with subtle but no less brutal methods of persuasion. It took me a long time to get that clear in my head; my Kent prep school roomie at Yale, a Varsity oarsman for three years – (the first up in the morning and the last to eat in the day, double training routines) –, refused the cap-and –gown parade; his father was Yale but with one credit to go, he bucked it. No diploma, freed of the Yale karma. Don’t get me wrong here, reader. I love the place. Like when I found “the King” himself, blues legend B. B. King standing in the vestibule to the Calhoun College dining room, apparently feeling out of place and a little lost, alone under the stain-tall glass windows, Gothic gargoyles and paneled walls. So I asked Mr. King if he wouldn’t be inconvenienced to join me for lunch. The King and I. I still feel the chills when he recalled his childhood. Such rare honors are not that infrequent at Yale. Such grace and dignity tempered by timeless inspiring humility. God save the King!
But neither Conquest nor Mace could completely get away with ignoring, distorting or suppressing the truth. A rational person might think it would be very hard to kill some ten million people and get away with it. But these were not very rational times. And they did, then, and many scholars and politicians, businessmen and financiers with their hacks in media still intend to keep the truth buried today. Funny, he then went on to introduce garbage recycling on conveyor belts in the late seventies.
Conquest and Mace had to move quickly to get their propaganda version neatly embedded in historicity of the politically correct and indelible path of memory, if not only to reach beyond the landscape of bitter suffering and truth that surfaced a decade before, in 1973, when Solzhenitsyn made public his remarkable trilogy of The Gulag Archipelago. After all, the Russian writer and former Soviet army officer had lived and witnessed first-hand the Holodomor terrorism of those same years, when it was called the “Plague”. It was incredible. How could it be! He wrote how so many were lost, without the odes and poets to recall the souls of these dead Ukrainians and fellow Soviet citizens of famished territories.
Solzhenitsyn recalls the vanquished lives before their last traces vanished completely from the collective memory. “Fifteen million souls. Fifteen million lives. They weren’t educated people, of course. They couldn’t play the violin. They didn’t know who Meyerhold was, or how interesting it is to be a nuclear physicist … about the silent, treacherous Plague which starved fifteen million of our peasants to death, choosing its victims carefully and destroying, the backbone and mainstay of the Russian stones mark the crossroads where they went in creaking carts to their doom. Our finest humanists, so sensitive to today’s injustices, in those years only nodded approvingly: Quite right, too! Just what they deserve! It was all kept so dark, every stain so carefully scratched out, every whisper so swiftly choked, that whereas I now have to refuse kind offers of material on the camps – ‘No more, my friends, I have masses of such stories, I don’t know where to put them!’ – nobody brings me a thing about the deported peasants. Who is the person that could tell us about them? Where is he? … I cannot document even one chapter thoroughly. All the same, I shall make a beginning. Set my chapter down as a marker, like those first stones – to mark the place where the new Temple of Christ the Savior will someday be raised.”
So, throwing up his hands in frustration, Solzhenitsyn asked, “Where did it all start?” Why not start with 1929 and its “murder lists, the confiscations, the deportations”, and the gavel crashing down on the peasants with the official Party decree of February 1, 1930 for “complete confiscation of the property of the kulaks” and deportation from their village homes “to points beyond the boundaries of certain regions and provinces”. (A. I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, v. 3, 350-2)
Solzhenitsyn had survived the Terror-Famine and the Purges, prison camps, the propaganda of The Plans and Stalinization of Russia transformed into one giant monopoly of foreign investment and development by the unseen hand of the Anglo-American Consortium. He lived through all that and assiduously kept a record in three published volumes describing the Soviet human experience under the political absurdity of centralized planning by the Soviet socialized state. That is a very good question: “Where did it all start?”
In the same year 1973 Solzhenitsyn’s GulagArchipelago saw the light of day, another truth-telling event of the Russian Soviet experience surfaced in the West, another set of three volumes precisely researched and clearly written that revealed details buried by the so-called Cold War, that euphemism for the next phase of American power by one of the same State Department bureaucracy’s literary architects skilled in producing propaganda of the Holodomor, namely the virtuoso George Kennan in Moscow.
If you want a new perspective on history you owe it to yourself to discover Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Put his volumes alongside Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Antony Sutton’s Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development1917-1965, monumental contribution published ironically by the conservativeHoover Institute at Stanford University from 1968 to 1973. With exhaustive detail and source referencing Sutton showed the extent of financial and industrial collaboration and technology transfer between Washington and Moscow behind Stalin’s Five-Year Plans and the Terror-Famine totalitarian regime of the Holodomor. Capital and technology imported from the West; slave labor, police terror and propaganda, a home brew of Marxist-Leninist Bolshevism and totalitarian Stalinism cooked up from East.