Letter sent from:
City of Uman, Cherkasy oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in:
Village of Tabanove, Pidvysoke raion, Kyiv oblast
Current location name:
Village of Tabanove, Novoarkhanhelsk raion, Kirovohrad oblast
The author, Fedir Skrypnyk was 15 in 1933 and has very specific memories about famine, dekurkulization, neighbors-victims, and perpetrators. He lived through famines in 1921-22 and 1932-33 and writes that the 1932-33 famine was artificial, caused by excessive requisitioning of food stuffs as the harvest was good in 1932.
He focuses heavily on the role of local activists- perpetrators in excessive grain requisitioning; he names people in the search brigades; describes how some of them died of hunger themselves, and some lived on to become Nazi collaborators.
People ate the by-products of manufacturing dumped by a sugar refinery at Mezhyrichka and a spirit refinery at Perehonivka and caught mussels in the Yatran river.
Author describes multiple cases of cannibalism by family members and neighbors. Kurkuls/kulaks were 'chosen' based on the appearance of their houses. Their houses were destroyed or confiscated. Some were sent to labor camps (Solovky) or died of starvation. In 1934-39 he became a college student and repressions in the villages continued.
Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.