Holodomor Digital Collections
Temtsunik, Heorhii
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Description
Creators
Heorhii Temtsunik (b. cir 1920), Author
Volodymyr Maniak
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Types
Correspondence
Envelopes
Transcriptions
Translations
Description

Letter sent from: Village of Ulianovka, Kirovohrad oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Holoskove, Kryve Ozero raion, Odesa oblast
Current location name: Village of Holoskove, Kryve Ozero raion, Mykolaiv oblast


The author Heorhii Temtsunik was roughly 13 at the time of the famine. He mentions that his village Holoskovo used to belong to Odesa oblast and is now part of Mykolaiv oblast.


His letter addresses three main themes. Cannibalism: He mentions that food made from human meat was sold at a farmer's market; police found 18 skulls in someone's attic; Hryhorii Chechelnytsky of the village of Onyskove tried to cut his 10-year old son's throat but the boymanaged to get away. The attacker was caught and buried alive by fellow villagers as an act of vigilante justice; a veterinarian from the village of Lushniuvate (Kirovohrad oblast) managed to get away from people trying to kill him.
Survival strategies: His family survived because they had 6 beehives. His big brother used a gun to kill rats. He mentions a soup made with sparrows that was edible, while the one made with ravens was like "black tar." Other items on "Stalin's menu" included horses, cats, dogs, bark, cane root, orach, etc. Mock executions were practiced by the "recruiters" for the "SOZ", an early predecessor of the collective farm. People would die afterwards from shock.


No justice for victims: his father perished in 1937 repressions in Rybinsk camps while "cannibal" Kaganovych is alive and lives in Moscow and "the party and Soviet government" allow it.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.

Notes
Author's gender: Male
Category: Child
Author's name in Ukrainian: Георгій Васильович Темцунік
Date of Original
15 January 1989
Date Of Event
1932-1937
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Георгій Васильович Темцунік ; Heorhii Temtsunik
Local identifier
139-3b
Collection
Maniak Letters
Language of Item
English; Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • Village of Holoskove, Kryve Ozero raion:
    Mykolaiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 47.95242 Longitude: 30.34928
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Temtsunik, Heorhii



Letter sent from: Village of Ulianovka, Kirovohrad oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Holoskove, Kryve Ozero raion, Odesa oblast
Current location name: Village of Holoskove, Kryve Ozero raion, Mykolaiv oblast


The author Heorhii Temtsunik was roughly 13 at the time of the famine. He mentions that his village Holoskovo used to belong to Odesa oblast and is now part of Mykolaiv oblast.


His letter addresses three main themes. Cannibalism: He mentions that food made from human meat was sold at a farmer's market; police found 18 skulls in someone's attic; Hryhorii Chechelnytsky of the village of Onyskove tried to cut his 10-year old son's throat but the boymanaged to get away. The attacker was caught and buried alive by fellow villagers as an act of vigilante justice; a veterinarian from the village of Lushniuvate (Kirovohrad oblast) managed to get away from people trying to kill him.
Survival strategies: His family survived because they had 6 beehives. His big brother used a gun to kill rats. He mentions a soup made with sparrows that was edible, while the one made with ravens was like "black tar." Other items on "Stalin's menu" included horses, cats, dogs, bark, cane root, orach, etc. Mock executions were practiced by the "recruiters" for the "SOZ", an early predecessor of the collective farm. People would die afterwards from shock.


No justice for victims: his father perished in 1937 repressions in Rybinsk camps while "cannibal" Kaganovych is alive and lives in Moscow and "the party and Soviet government" allow it.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.