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.