Essay Execution by Hunger

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Execution by Hunger Miron Dolot. Execution By Hunger: New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 1985 Miron Dolot’s book, EXECUTION BY HUNGER, is a detailed account as seen through the eyes of a true survivor during the reign of Stalin and the Soviet Union between 1929-1933. In his accounts, he portrays atrocities against human civilization while documenting his real life experiences and those of his fellow Ukrainian village farmers. He portrays them as victims of their own time period. Victims of a new wave of political beliefs, namely collectivization were enforced by Stalin and his followers in the name of Communism.…show more content…
The collectivization began with the infiltration of about ten men per village from the communist party and the soviet government known as Twenty Five Thousanders. They were an elite group with unlimited power and weapons. They gradually arrested dignitaries and influential villagers such as Priest Bondar. The villages were becoming defenseless and had no leaders to look up to. Propagandists took over homes and left families with nothing but the clothes they had on. This was the pattern throughout the entire region in all of the villages. It set neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother all in the name of survival. Once someone you knew joined the collective farm, he was no longer your friend. The infiltration expanded into the exploitation of the farmers. They were held captives of their own free will on their own lands. Overwhelmed by the Party, resistance was fruitless since they were persuaded by sleep deprivation, humiliation, and degradation. The people became broken spirits in appearance. It was a silent war between the communists and the collective farmers. Dolot exhibits a hidden pride in the farmers by writing of their subtle resistances, sabotages, and stubborn survival. They may have been beaten but they really were not broken. Some lived on. There is little known about this
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