Holodomor Digital Collections
Kompanets, Varvara
:
Description
Creators
Varvara Kompanets (b. 1918), Author
Volodymyr Maniak
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Types
Correspondence
Envelopes
Transcriptions
Description

Letter sent from: Village of Yakhnivka, Nizhyn raion, Chernihiv oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Mykolaivka, Nizhyn raion, Kyiv oblast
Current location name: Village of Mykolaivka, Nizhyn raion, Chernihiv oblast


Varvara Kompaniets was around 15 at the time of famine in her Mykolaivka, Nizhyn Raion, Chernihiv oblast.

Her letter consists of 2 two-page letters: one addressed to the editors of the Memorial Book, and another, to the Ridna Pryroda radio program. In the latter she pleads for someone to help save Yakhnivka's park from being run down.

Partial transcript covers the letter addressed to the editorial board of the Memorial book.

She calls the famine "terrible"; mentions a cannibal, who killed her younger sister but was apprehended and prevented by one of the villagers from eating her. A family in her village killed and ate their three children.

She says there were scary people who searched houses day and might, taking people's meager possessions to please the authorities and dividing between themselves stolen goods, and that there were also people with a conscience who would not do something like that. She feels like yelling to the whole world to ask people to live honestly so that this horror will not repeat itself.

She calls Stalin a manslayer (душогуб) who caused peoples’ suffering.

Ukrainian transcription is available.

Notes
Author's gender: Female
Category: Teenager
Author's name in Ukrainian: Варвара Кузьмівна Компанець
Date of Original
August 14, 1989
Date Of Event
1932-1933
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Варвара Кузьмівна Компанець ; Varvara Kompanets
Local identifier
165/271 - Dropbox 4
Collection
Maniak Letters
Language of Item
Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • Nizhyn raion, Chernihiv oblast:
    Chernihiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 51.456 Longitude: 31.77422
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Kompanets, Varvara



Letter sent from: Village of Yakhnivka, Nizhyn raion, Chernihiv oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in: Village of Mykolaivka, Nizhyn raion, Kyiv oblast
Current location name: Village of Mykolaivka, Nizhyn raion, Chernihiv oblast


Varvara Kompaniets was around 15 at the time of famine in her Mykolaivka, Nizhyn Raion, Chernihiv oblast.

Her letter consists of 2 two-page letters: one addressed to the editors of the Memorial Book, and another, to the Ridna Pryroda radio program. In the latter she pleads for someone to help save Yakhnivka's park from being run down.

Partial transcript covers the letter addressed to the editorial board of the Memorial book.

She calls the famine "terrible"; mentions a cannibal, who killed her younger sister but was apprehended and prevented by one of the villagers from eating her. A family in her village killed and ate their three children.

She says there were scary people who searched houses day and might, taking people's meager possessions to please the authorities and dividing between themselves stolen goods, and that there were also people with a conscience who would not do something like that. She feels like yelling to the whole world to ask people to live honestly so that this horror will not repeat itself.

She calls Stalin a manslayer (душогуб) who caused peoples’ suffering.

Ukrainian transcription is available.