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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book, brief but well written:, 17 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust (Paperback)
Upon first reading the diary of Anne Frank, I have become interested in other "similar" types of narratives. Miron Dolot certainly gives us a captivating and sometimes heartwrenching account of when Stalin and his henchmen in Moscow carried out this policy against the poor Ukrainians during the early 1930s. This famine did not only effect Ukraine but Kazakhstan and possibly other areas as well. The story of the famine told by a young teenage boy is very insightful. Such a sorrowful chapter of history.
"Harvest of Sorrow" by Robert Conquest is another good book on the same subject. This one, however, is briefer compared to Conquest's book and can be read in the course of a weekend.
Dolot's book should be read by all interested in European history. I also agree, that it should be used in schools.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-rending, 9 July 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust (Paperback)
In 1929, Joseph Stalin ordered the collectivization of all Ukrainian farms. During the resulting upheaval, some seven million Ukrainians died of starvation. But, while it ended with mass starvation, the Soviet program of oppression started with property confiscation, arbitrary arrests, judicial and extrajudicial murder, and a whole constellation of unspeakable mistreatment.
One of the survivors of this holocaust was a young Ukrainian boy, who survived the conflagration and World War II, and succeeded in escaping to the United States. Written under the pseudonym of Miron Dolot, this heart-rending book tells the story of what he saw throughout the holocaust, and what he felt and thought.
I originally picked up this book because my own family, who were Russian Mennonites, left Ukraine before this time, but all of the relatives that stayed were annihilated to the last man, woman and child. Even so, I dare anyone to read this book and not be moved. The author does an excellent job of bringing the heartless insanity of this holocaust home to right where you live.
So, if you are interested in Russian or Ukrainian history, then I highly recommend this moving book to you.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Stalin & Soviet Communism rot in hell, 4 Aug 2004
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Solo Walker "SW" (UK) - See all my reviews
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The author describes life in his village during this period. Firstly, outsiders, urban dwellers appeared spouting the party line, endlessly calling meetings to browbeat with torrid, repetitive speeches from petty party officials the paradise of collective agriculture over independant farming.
This ultimately culminated in systematic slaughter and banishment of children, women and menfolk to hellish frozen wastelands. Most never ever returned.
The Communist party, not content with starving the populace into submission delved to new petty depths. They took all animals, seeds, machinery, horses, food and anything else the rural population held in high esteem. Pets such as cats and dogs were gunned down on the street. The Ukraine national symbol - the nightingale - unwittingly became the next victim - teams of shooters blasted it out of the sky, whilst Ukrainian farmers and their families starved, very slowly to death.
Read this and do not let the propogandists/politicians of any society lead us to believe what they are saying, let us judge with our own eyes.
Very best wishes to you all
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More powerful than words can describe, 18 May 1999
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This review is from: Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust (Paperback)
Miron Dolot (pseud.) lived through the 1930s famine in the Ukraine, and this book presents an unmoderated account of the horrors he observed. Dolot relates the misery of the peasants, the fear that dominated their lives, and the frightening indifference of communist agents. Before the end of the book, I was in tears. The descriptions of agents plundering food from people's homes, travelling roads lined with corpses, and arresting people for the pettiest offenses make this book a "must read" for anyone who has doubts about the intent of the government's policy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close To Home, 18 Mar 2014
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This book could have been written by my Ukrainian father. It really gets down to the nitty gritty, of the appalling atrocities carried out by Stalin. Moreover, the terrible decisions some Ukrainians had to make to survive. It is a powerful, thought provoking account.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World's largest mass Murder against Christian Ukraine., 31 Jan 2014
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The largest mass murder of humans in history preceded the Jewish Holocaust by ten years, but is almost completely ignored by a controlled media. It is estimated that between 3-7 million people perished when food supplies were confiscated and Ukraine was isolated.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a classic...a monumental work, 23 May 1999
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This review is from: Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust (Paperback)
I read this book carefully in a span of 24 hours. Surely this book has "legs", by which I mean word of mouth alone may be enough to someday put this book on the required reading lists of schools of some future era. This 231 page memoir is as powerful and as riveting as the best of fiction. It certainly provides one with a deeper understanding of George Orwell's "Animal Farm". If it is possible to recommend this book more than I am doing, it is only because I do not know how, that I do not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent one!, 26 Oct 2009
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V. Gerasimuk (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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It's an excellent book for those interested in history and life of Soviet people, uncovering the true face of that time government. Recommend to everyone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, absorbing, gut-wrenching biography., 22 Jun 1998
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The author leads the reader slowly into the horrors of life in the Ukraine during the early 1930s, when Joseph Stalin (and Nikita Krushchev) engineered the mass starvation of about seven million Kulaks and Ukranians in about two years. Rich narration makes it easy to follow the events, as conditions deteriorate into unspeakable horror.
In some ways, "Execution by Hunger" is better than Solzhenitsyn's books, and better than "Coming Out of the Ice." Dolot, I think, reaches every reader's heart. Read this book and you'll look at Russia, and its governments, with a much clearer eye and mind.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read, 16 Aug 2006
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M. Jaafar "MJ Tart" (Exeter, UK) - See all my reviews
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I never heard about this holocaust before. The tittle itself attracted me to buy and read the story of this book. After finished this book, i fell sad, sympathy,angry & upset. Sad with what happed to the people of Ukranian, sympathy goes to author & his family, and also all farmers & died peoples because of uncivilized policy of Soviet Union, angry with stupidity of government officers or communist party members who cannot see and understand how tragic the hunger situation by charging people with tax & delivery quota, and upset because at the end author was separated with his mother & younger brother because of WWII which i really i want to know what happen to them after the war.

I suggest for those who want to know the reality of Stalin policy during Soviet Union period have to read this book which i think can support your history knowledge about Stalin & Soviet Union collectivisation policy.
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