Holodomor Digital Collections
Porshakov, V. M.
:
Description
Creators
V.M. Porshakov (b. circa 1926), Author
Volodymyr Maniak
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Types
Correspondence
Envelopes
Transcriptions
Translations
Description

Letter sent from: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: unspecified location, likely the same as mailing address: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast
Current location name: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast


Location of events is unclear, likely near Uman. The author was 6-7 years old in 1933. There were 6 children under the age of 14 in their family at the time. Their father was relatively well-off, had livestock and 6 hectares of land and fell victim to dekurkulization in 1930. The family was kicked out of their house 12 times (including at Christmas time). Everything including their clothing was taken from them. Father was deported, never returned home. Mother and children lived in abject poverty and were harassed by officials. The author had to work in the fields as a child to survive.


Everyone in the family was swollen from starvation in 1933. He emphasizes the role of the local officials as activists-perpetrators - their neighbors - in persecution of his family, repeating a few times that local people carried out the deeds, not Stalin.


Their family lived in poverty and never had enough to eat or and didn’t have adequate clothing until the war. His mother nearly killed herself in despair when her last warm jacket was taken from her. The author uses idioms and biblical motifs of retribution and atonement, suggesting that there should be judgement for the perpetrators. Supports Perestroika.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.

Notes
Author's gender: Male
Author's name in Ukrainian: В. М. Поршаков
Category - surzhyk
Category - child
Date of Original
14 December 1988
Date Of Event
1930-1940
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
V. M. Porshakov ; В. М. Поршаков
Local identifier
125 - 3b
Collection
The Maniak Collection
Language of Item
English; Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • An unnamed location in Uman raion:
    Cherkasy, Ukraine
    Latitude: 48.74838 Longitude: 30.22184
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Porshakov, V. M.



Letter sent from: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: unspecified location, likely the same as mailing address: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast
Current location name: City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast


Location of events is unclear, likely near Uman. The author was 6-7 years old in 1933. There were 6 children under the age of 14 in their family at the time. Their father was relatively well-off, had livestock and 6 hectares of land and fell victim to dekurkulization in 1930. The family was kicked out of their house 12 times (including at Christmas time). Everything including their clothing was taken from them. Father was deported, never returned home. Mother and children lived in abject poverty and were harassed by officials. The author had to work in the fields as a child to survive.


Everyone in the family was swollen from starvation in 1933. He emphasizes the role of the local officials as activists-perpetrators - their neighbors - in persecution of his family, repeating a few times that local people carried out the deeds, not Stalin.


Their family lived in poverty and never had enough to eat or and didn’t have adequate clothing until the war. His mother nearly killed herself in despair when her last warm jacket was taken from her. The author uses idioms and biblical motifs of retribution and atonement, suggesting that there should be judgement for the perpetrators. Supports Perestroika.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.