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Demydenko, I.
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Description
Creators
I. Demydenko (d.b.unknown), Author
Volodymyr Maniak
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Types
Correspondence
Transcriptions
Translations
Description

Letter sent from: Village of Yalyntsi, Kremenchuk raion, Poltava oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Yalyntsi, Hradyzk raion, Kharkiv oblast
Current location name: Village of Yalyntsi, Kremenchuk raion, Poltava oblast


The author I. Demydenko recalls the events of forced collectivization, dekurkulization and the Famine in his native village of Yalyntsi. He was in school at the time when 7 kohosps were created in their village. As a child, he posted a newspaper-cutout portrait of Stalin on a wall at home, which possibly saved their family from dekurkulization.


He names perpetrators and what they did. Calls the famine artificial. Search brigades used torture to extract information about where grain was hidden.


Approximately 500 people died in their village. He lists the reasons why their village did not die out completely during the famine, unlike the villages up the Sula River, where, in the steppe, whole villages died out:
1) people could catch fish and other river animals, mussels, water rats, and birds in the Dnipro and the adjacent rivers; and
2) kindness and silent opposition to harsh requisitioning methods by some conscientious local activists and leaders who would warn people about upcoming searches and lobbied for the lowering of the procurement quotas.
Describes an instance of man who had lost his mind killing his own children in order to survive hunger.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.

Notes
Author's gender: Male
Category: Child
Author's name in Ukrainian: I. Демиденко
Date of Original
21 February 1989
Date Of Event
1932-1933
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
I. Демиденко ; I. Demydenko
Local identifier
149-3b
Collection
Maniak Letters
Language of Item
English; Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • Poltava, Ukraine
    Latitude: 49.16735 Longitude: 33.30995
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Demydenko, I.



Letter sent from: Village of Yalyntsi, Kremenchuk raion, Poltava oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Yalyntsi, Hradyzk raion, Kharkiv oblast
Current location name: Village of Yalyntsi, Kremenchuk raion, Poltava oblast


The author I. Demydenko recalls the events of forced collectivization, dekurkulization and the Famine in his native village of Yalyntsi. He was in school at the time when 7 kohosps were created in their village. As a child, he posted a newspaper-cutout portrait of Stalin on a wall at home, which possibly saved their family from dekurkulization.


He names perpetrators and what they did. Calls the famine artificial. Search brigades used torture to extract information about where grain was hidden.


Approximately 500 people died in their village. He lists the reasons why their village did not die out completely during the famine, unlike the villages up the Sula River, where, in the steppe, whole villages died out:
1) people could catch fish and other river animals, mussels, water rats, and birds in the Dnipro and the adjacent rivers; and
2) kindness and silent opposition to harsh requisitioning methods by some conscientious local activists and leaders who would warn people about upcoming searches and lobbied for the lowering of the procurement quotas.
Describes an instance of man who had lost his mind killing his own children in order to survive hunger.


Ukrainian transcription and English translation available.