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The Wren Library, Cambridge's Exhibit Of Gareth's Diaries

Pictured above at the Wren Library on Sat 14th November 2009 are Nigel & Siriol Colley (great nephew  & niece of Gareth Jones) & Rory Finnin, (Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at Cambridge University and co-organiser of the exhibit, together with the Wren Librarian, Prof. David McKitterick). CLICK HERE for the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Website.

Gareth's diaries which perhaps represents the only independent verification of arguably Stalin's greatest atrocity, can now be seen at an exhibit to commemorate his life at The Wren Library, Cambridge, alongside other rare exhibits of fellow notable alumni of Trinity College such as Isaac Newton,  [For visiting details of this free exhibit please CLICK HERE for The Wren's Special Exhibition's website - on display until mid-December.]

CLICK HERE  to view a copy of 'The Gareth Jones Diaries' Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (5Mb) with an overview of Gareth's remarkable life, with legible images a selection of his diaries (and adjacent transcriptions) and as an aid to putting the below slides in context. Or  CLICK HERE to view an online version, but viewable only with MS Internet Explorer.

This story was covered in over 180 papers worldwide, from the Washington Post to The Barry & District News and even warranted a full page in the London Times (but conspicuous by its absence was the New York Times which hollowly & shamefully in this instance, boasts 'all the News that's Fit to Print'). In the week following the worldwide media interest in this story, the Gareth Jones website received over 100,000 individual hits!

For TV & newspaper articles related to this story please:

  1. CLICK HERE to view Nigel Colley's 2.30 minute extended Interview on BBC News
  2. CLICK HERE for the edited broadcast of BBC Look East on Friday 13th November.
  3. CLICK HERE for The Guardian's account by Mark Brown entitled; '1930s journalist Gareth Jones to have story retold.'
  4. CLICK HERE for The Times Online account by Jack Malvern entitled; '' True extent of Ukraine famine revealed in British journalist's diaries '.
  5. CLICK HERE for the Daily Telegraph
  6. CLICK HERE for Tomos Livingstone's article entitled; 'Trail-blazing journalist was the history man'.
  7. CLICK HERE for the widely syndicated article by Associated Press' Raphael G. Satter as published in the Moscow Times.. Or CLICK HERE for the same article in The Washington Post.
  8. CLICK HERE for Ihor Siundiukov's article in The Day, published in Kyiv & entitled; ' The Confessions of a Truth-Seeker'.
  9. For ALL 179 (and counting) articles from Google News CLICK HERE
  10. CLICK HERE for Alex Donahue's 3-page extended feature in The Big Issue (Welsh edition)
  11. CLICK HERE for Barry & District's call for the diaries to come 'home to Wales'.
  12. CLICK HERE for an interview with Rory Finnin of Cambridge University Ukrainian Sudies Dept. in The Day entitled; 'Peturbing Truth in Cambridge'. .
  13. For political comment by James Marson of the Guardian entitled; 'Ukraine's Forgotten Famine' on 18th November, then please CLICK HERE
  14. CLICK HERE for the original full page article in the Ukrainian-Community weekly-newpaper, Nasze Slowo on 6/12/09 by Anna Korzeniowska-Bihun entitled (in English) 'Gareth Jones - the Conscience of the World'.
  15. And Finally CLICK HERE to see Nigel Colley's speech delivered at the opening of a United Nations' Holodomor exhibition in New York on 23rd November 2009 entitled; ' Are You Listening, New York Times?'

Thumbnail Links below are to Some Original Images of

Corresponding Diary Page (without highlighting or transcripts),

Below images are for informational purposes & show red highlighted passages, which are transcribed to their right. Slide numbers correspond to the MS PowerPoint Presentation; 'The Gareth Jones Diaries' - See link above.

Transcriptions of Salient Passages Highlighted in Red

Slides 47 & 48

"In the Ukraine. A little later. I crossed the border from Great Russia into the Ukraine.  Everywhere I talked to peasants who walked past – they all had the same story;
     “There is no bread – we haven’t had bread for over 2 months – a lot are dying.”
     The first village had no more potatoes left and the store of
БҮРЯК (beetroot) was running out.

 They all said ‘the cattle is dying. (Nothing to feed.) НЕЧЕВО КОРМитьn.

We used to feed the world now we are hungry. How can we sow when we have few horses left? How will we be able to work in the fields when we are weak from want of food? Then I caught up…

Slides 49 & 50

…[with] a bearded peasant who was walking along . His feet were covered with sacking. We started talking. He spoke in Ukrainian Russian. I gave him [a] lump of bread and of cheese.
     “You could not buy that anywhere for 20 roubles. There just is no food.”
      We walked along and talked; “Before the war this was all gold. We had horses and cows and pigs and chickens. Now we are ruined. [We are]
ПОГИБЛИ (the living dead). You see that field.  It was all gold, but now look at the weeds. The weeds were peeping up over the snow.”
     “Before the war we could have boots and meat and butter. We were the richest
country in the world for grain. We fed the world. Now they have taken all away from us. “Now people steal much more. Four days ago, they stole my horse. Hooligans came. There that’s where I saw the track of the horse.” “A horse is better than a tractor. A tractor goes and stops, but a horse goes all the time. A tractor cannot give manure, but a horse can. How can the spring sowing be good? There is little…

Slides 51 & 52

…seed and the people are too weak. We are all weak and hungry. “The winter sowing was bad, and the winter ploughing [was] also bad.” He took me along to his cottage. His daughter and three little children. Two of the smaller children were swollen. “If you had come before the Revolution we would have given you chicken and eggs and milk and fine bread. Now we have no bread in the house. They are killing us.” “People are dying of hunger.” There was in the hut, a spindle and the daughter showed me how to make thread. The peasant showed me his shirt, which was home-made and some fine sacking which had been home-made. “But the Bolsheviks are crushing that. They won’t take it. They want the factory to make everything.” The peasant then ate some very thin soup with a scrap of potato. No bread in house. The white bread [of Gareth’s] they thought was wonderful.

Slide 56

Queues for bread. Erika [from the German Consulate] and I walked along about a hundred ragged pale people. Militiaman came out of shop whose windows had been battered in and were covered with wood and said: “There is no bread” and “there will be no bread today.” Shouts from angry peasants also there. “But citizens, there is no bread.” “How long here?” I asked a man. “Two days.” They would not go away but remained. Sometimes cart came with bread; waiting with forlorn hope.

Slide 59

Queues of 7000 stand. They begin queuing up at 3-4 o’clock in afternoon to get bread next morning at 7. It is freezing. – many degrees of frost.

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