Letter sent from:
Village of Shyshalivka (now depopulated due to Chernobyl disaster), Narodychy raion, Zhytomyr oblast
Letter describes events in 1932-1933 in:
Village of Rudnia-Ososhnia (now depopulated due to Chernobyl disaster), Bazaar raion, Kyiv oblast
Current location name:
Narodychy raion, Zhytomyr oblast
The author does not provide any biographic details but rather recalls events and mechanisms related to how the Soviet system and local perpetrators ruined the peasants and the economy of the village. Provides a very caustic and in a way satirical account, a caricature of the system.
The major theme is the methods of extortion of money and property from peasants by local officials and activists via fines and certificates under the guise of grain procurement. The famine and the extortion undermined the peasant households.
He names officials-perpetrators. One such activist-perpetrator was agitating a man to avoid conscription in 1941 but rather stay and wait for the Nazi troops to come. He was arrested and executed by the NKVD.
Impact of famine: there were 88 households in the village, 31 people died, including 10 children, 7 were "snatched away." By 1934, when the collective farm was formed, only 1/3 of the cows and horses ended up in the collective farm. The author is a veteran of World War II and labour veteran.
Account is somewhat rambling and covers some common traits as well as the local peculiarities of the Famine.
Ukrainian transcription is available.