The Gareth Jones memorial website run by his great nephew Nigel Colley posted a clip last week from a popular game show University Challenge last week that asked participants â€œkilled in 1935, the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones was posthumously awarded which countryâ€™s medal of freedom award in 2008 for his efforts in publicizing the Holodomor, a famine of 1932 and 33 during which several millions died as a result of policies instituted by Stalinâ€
For your weekend listening pleasure, the BBC has published a two-part documentary podcast on â€˜useful idiotsâ€™ â€“ a phrase coined by Lenin about Westerners who endorsed the Soviet Union and its Communist ideologies, usually in the press.
The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and American journalist Walter Duranty were some of those people who also visited the Soviet Union. They mingled with political leaders, were escorted into the countryside by Joseph Stalinâ€™s secret police, and returned home to speak and write of â€˜a land of hopeâ€™ with â€˜evils retreating before the spread of communismâ€™.
However as stories mounted of mass murder and starvation in parts of Russia and the Ukraine, reporters such as Gareth Jones and Malcolm Muggeridge investigated and reported on â€˜the creation of one enormous Belsenâ€™. Duranty responded with an article in the New York Times headed â€˜Story of the famine is bunkâ€™, and got an exclusive interview with Stalin.
Soon after, Jones died and Muggeridgeâ€™s career nose-dived. Duranty was awarded a Pulitzer.
How can intellectual curiosity transform into active promotion of a dangerous lie? Why so many â€˜useful idiotsâ€™?
Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Canadians of Ukrainian and Eastern European descent were imprisoned in internment camps across Canada, simply on the basis of their origins. For decades, their stories were buried under fear and shame. The Canadian government has finally recognized the internment operations, and yet it remains an unknown chapter in our nation’s history.
I stumbled upon a few really good Holodomor testimonies that I thought I’d share with you. These interviews were conducted in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and was conducted by the DNK Group and Mark Silberman.
This is testimony of Holodomor survivor Olga Kamnadsâ€™ka. The Holodomor genocide occured in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Pani (Mrs.) Olga Kamnadsâ€™ka was born in 1926. She and her family left Ukraine at the time of the Holodomor in order to escape from hunger and repressions.
This is testimony of Holodomor survivor Mykola Antonovich Mykolaenko. The Holodomor genocide occured in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Pan (Mr.) Mykola Antonovich Mykolaenko was born in 1919. He is a writer and a poet, and is a member of the National Writers Union in Ukraine. He lived in Kryvy Rih at the time of the Holodomor.
This is testimony of Holodomor survivor Grygory Oleksiyovich Simak. The Holodomor genocide occured in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Pan (Mr.) Grygory Oleksiyovich Simak was born in 1919. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine. He lived in the Spasske village (Dnipropetrovsk region) at the time of the Holodomor.
Raisa Pavlovna Radchenko Holodomor testimony
This is testimony of Holodomor survivor Raisa Pavlovna Radchenko. The Holodomor genocide occured in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Pani (Mrs.) Raisa Pavlovna Radchenko was born in 1919. She was a sciescientist and a professor. She lived in the Sukhaya Balka village at the time of the Holodomor.