Slavhorodsky, P.M. (2), Antonina Polishchuk, Denys Lebid
Letter sent from:
Buzhanka, Lysianka raion, Cherkasy oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in:
Villages of Zhabianka, Buzhanka and Yablynivka, all in Lysianka raion, Kyiv oblast
Current location name:
Villages of Zhabianka, Buzhanka and Yablynivka, all in Lysianka raion, Cherkasy oblast
Slavhorodsky sends a picture of a Stalinist “Janissary” Mykhailo Andriichuk, Chairman of Yablunivka village council. (Andriichuk was axed by a peasant for "taking away everything to the last grain").
He cites his own letter that he wrote in response to an article by professor of Kyiv University Surhai who downplayed the Famine and refers to testimonies from newspaper and magazine articles regarding the Famine. Two testimonies he recorded himself from witnesses:
Polishchuk Anotinina testified that the head of Buzhanka village council in 1933, Konstiantyn Koval attempted to take from them a sack of potatoes and when the sack broke from pulling, he stomped on potatoes so that her family could not eat them. Her family also made rag dolls and filled them with grain, but all grain was found and taken from them. Her father, two sisters and brother died of famine.
Denys Lebid from the village of Yablunivka was taken to the cemetery [by a burial brigade] and thrown alive into a mass grave.
Slavhorodky wrote many times to the party and government leadership in Kyiv and Moscow demanding to commemorate the victims of 1933 famine by monument.