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November 24, 2013

The difference between the Holodomor and the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

The first difference between the Holodomor and the Holocaust is that the word Holocaust will go through a spell checker, while the Holodomor will be flagged as a misspelling.  Virtually every man, woman and child in the world knows that the word Holocaust means the genocide of the Jews, while the word Holodomor is little known outside Ukraine, the section of the Soviet Union that was  formerly known as “the Ukraine.”

Wikipedia photo of a man who died, of starvation, on the street

Wikipedia photo of a man who died, of starvation, on a street in Ukraine

It is against the law to deny the Holodomor in Ukraine, but AFAIK, it is not against the law to deny the Holodomor in any other country.  [Denying the Holocaust will get you a prison term in 20 countries, as of 2016.]

This news article explains the meaning of the term Holodomor.  According to the article: “After independence in 1991, a law in Ukraine made it a criminal offence to deny that the Holodomor was pre-meditated genocide.”

This quote is also from the news article:

Opinion has remained divided for many decades whether the mass death was the result of a deliberate drive to kill an entire people, because Ukrainian nationalism was on the rise, or the unintentional effect of misguided mismanagement by Stalin in his quest to feed rapid industrialisation elsewhere. Millions fell, mostly in rural Ukraine. Cannibalism was documented.

[A Holodomor survivor said that] Historian Volodymyr Serhiychuk told us: “There was famine in other USSR regions, in Kazakhstan, for instance, but Kazakhs could go and seek food in neighbouring Russian regions, or in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Ukrainians, in contrast, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, couldn’t go to Belarus or Russia, because the borders were closed and there were no railway tickets for them.

You can read what Wikipedia has to say about this at

I previously blogged here about the new definition of Holocaust denial, which includes “Holocaust distortion.”  This quote, from my previous blog post, explains one form of Holocaust distortion:

“Attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany by putting blame on other nations or ethnic groups.”

By promoting their Holodomor, Ukrainians are engaging in Holocaust distortion by putting blame on the Soviet Union.  The Soviet Union was on the winning side in World War II, so the former Soviet Union should be exempt from blame. Only Germany should be blamed for atrocities, because the Germans were the losers in World War II, and the German people will be, forever more, demonized by every other country in the world.

An article that you can read at puts the blame for the Holodomor on a Jew.  Oh no! Say it isn’t so!