Ukraine: New York Times reports on the terror famine, 75 years later

These repulsive people at The New York Times have such an unsubtle subtle way about them.

Here they publish an article about a woman who survived the 1932 terror famine in Ukraine.

So, they acknowledge an event that their own reporter from that period, Walter Duranty, lied about in his dispatches from the Soviet Union (he denied there was a famine, even though he knew about it). Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for that reporting, and it took the Times decades to make even a small concession about the egregious ethical malfeasance it had long been a party to.

Here it takes them until the eleventh paragraph to mention Robert Conquest’s groundbreaking history of the event, “The Harvest of Sorrow,” published in 1986. My copy is not at hand, but I believe Conquest puts the death toll upwards of six million, not between three and six million as the Times article does. The Times waits until paragraph twelve to report this:

Cannibalism was not unknown. She told a macabre tale about a neighbor who ate her dead children and talked to their bones in hopes that they would return to life. Young people were afraid to walk into town for fear of being abducted by people crazed by hunger, she said.

That is but a mild example of the sort of horror Conquest records in his book.

Nor does the article quite capture the vigorous intent with which Stalin engineered starvation in this agricultural region as a punishment for resisting collectivization of farming. This was the signature terror inflicted by the Soviet regime on its own people and an event on a par with and occurring a decade earlier than the Nazi Holocaust. But the Times does it as a New York Region feature story. It even leaves unexamined the denials of the current Russian government.

Remember, when this mass murder was occurring, the Times reported that it wasn’t happening. Then it continued to ignore it for seven decades in anything but the most superficial terms.

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