“This is the most terrible thing I’ll ever see precisely because of the deliberation with which it was done and the total absence of any kind of sympathy.”~ Malcolm Muggeridge, British Correspondent
“The nearest city was forty miles so I would walk once a week to that city and with my salary I could buy two loaves of bread a month, so that’s only how we could survive. But the peasants were dying.”~ Motria Dutka, Former Village-Midwife
“This was the first time in my life that I saw people dying, and of course, it was very hard.”~Lubov Drasheska, Student During Famine
“The forests where bandits are hiding are to be cleared by the use of poison gas. This must be carefully calculated, so that the layer of gas penetrates the forest and kills everyone hiding there.”~ Order No. 171
“It is vital that the movement (Tambov) be crushed as swiftly as possible in the most extreme fashion: we must be more energetic than this.”Thus hunger became the most powerful weapon imaginable as areas of high grain seizure suffered most horrifically due to their resistance. Bestial torture, crucifixions and scalpings ensued. Shootings by the Cheka (Secret Police) were commonplace, even children caught eating confiscated grain were shot as “Traitors of the Proletariat”.
“You are starving? This is not famine yet! When your women start eating their children then you may come and say you are starving.”
“destroying the peasant economy and driving the peasant from the country to the town, the famine creates the proletariat…”At which point he exposed the Bolshevik Famine.