The Bitter Memory of Childhood, National Museum of Holodomor-Genocide, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

 While the world will never be able to calculate the full scope of devastation resulting from the Holodomor, the most recent studies estimate a death toll of nearly 4 million Ukrainians. Ukraine lost 12.9 percent of its population. Over 1 million people died in the Kyiv oblast alone, and some districts experienced death rates over 50%. At the height of the famine, roughly 28,000 Ukrainians died each day–30% were children. Desperate people resorted to eating tree bark, leaves, grass, weeds, grains flushed out from vermin burrows, worms, tadpoles, baby birds, rotting livestock carcasses, crows, and corn cobs.

This is just a small summary of the horror. The books, websites, and organizations I used in my research for The Memory Keeper of Kyiv. left a lasting impression on me. Please explore them to learn more about this atrocity.