Jones Diary Notes relating to Soviet Ukraine Famine 1932-33
from Gareth's Diary relating to the Soviet Famine of 21st March 1933
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21st , allan gyda cheffyl, [Today
I went out with a horse.]
suburbs of Moscow are in a disgraceful condition.
The wonderful houses so much admired 2 or 3 years ago now look
shabby and look broken down. Very
pale and ill looking people.
factories going up . Went
past Nepht gas factory.
to talk to a peasant. "Terrible.
We have no bread. We
have to go all the way to Moscow to get bread and then they give us two
kilos and we have to pay 3 rubles a kilo. How can a poor man do that ?.
have no potatoes left.
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cattle has nearly all died. The
joined the Kolhkoz 3 weeks ago… They made us pay so many taxes that life
became a burden.
came out and started crying." They’re killing us.
In my village there used to be 300 cows and now we only have 30.
The horses have died. How
can I feed us all?
"I have a family of 10 people. How
can they live?"
"And the kulaks Look
at what they call kulaks. Just
ordinary peasants who have a cow or two.
They’re murdering the peasants, sending them away.
Oppression – oppression – oppression!"
said : "How can the harvest be good?
We haven’t horses and they don’t give us enough to eat."
on a bit further and spoke to a girl 19 and a man 18 years old.
Both said : "We have nothing.
If it were not for Moscow we would starve. No Potatoes left.
[END OF TRANSCRIPT OF PHOTO]. It is terrible.
We have never had it so bad. "
I spoke to repeated this repeated this all along the way.
sowing (rye) very bad. This
region mainly vegetables. Spring
sowing and planting will be bad.
is little seed - one village "No
seed next village.