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from ["E. Morgan Williams" <morgankiev@yahoo.com>]

ArtUkraine Information Service (ARTUIS)
"The Art Of Building Ukraine"

A new important book dedicated to the "ethnic German/Ukrainians in
Soviet Ukraine who were deported, shot, starved, or worked to death
under the Soviet regime."

A new book by Ronald Julius Vossler
North Dakota State University Libraries
Fargo, ND, 2001

"At the heart of this book are two hundred letters, arranged
in chronological order over a twelve-year period, and trans-
lated from the original German into readable English.   These
letters were written by ethic German/Ukrainians in the USSR
(Ukraine) to their relatives in North and South Dakota.

"Ronald Vossler's new book is a valuable collection of primary
source material ignored until now by most scholars.

"Spanning the years 1925-1937, events dealt with in these
letters are collectivization, dekulakization, exile to labor
settlements, and the murder famine (Holodomor) of

"These letters are not comfortable to read.  They depict
some of the most horrible suffering inflicted upon one
segment of mankind by another in world history.  The
brutality of the Soviet regime in collectivizing farms,
deporting German/Ukrainians labeled as 'kulaks" to
freezing wastes and forcibly removing every stalk of
grain from Ukraine is graphically depicted in these

"The perspective of ethnic Ukrainians on the Holodomor
and the events that preceded it has received significant
attention from scholars in the last two decades.  This
book, however, is the first systematic attempt to show
these events through the eyes of the large German
minority that lived in Ukraine.

In 1932-1933, in the section of the book titled "Crucifixion
by Hunger"--the period of Stalin's purposefully created
"terror-famine"---letter-writers describe themselves as
"swelling up from hunger," eating slaughtered pets, grass,
or anything else to keep at bay "the terrible hunger-death
which stands black in front of us."

That single event, the "terror-famine," according  to a wide-
range of sources cited by the author, was directly responsible
for the deaths of at least six million people, and up to ten million
or more,  including at least a hundred and fifty thousand ethnic
Germans who were living in Ukraine.

It remains one of the world's least known but also one of the
worst human rights tragedy of the past century--all of which is
chronicled firsthand by the letters in this volume.

"The volume as a whole provides a view of German life in the
Soviet Union in the 1920's and 1930's. In doing so it also provides
a powerful indictment of the Soviet system." (J. Otto Pohl)
(Ronald Vossler)

Short review of the book and information on how the book
can be ordered.

Twenty-one page article by Ron Vossler about the personal
letters written from Ukraine to the USA.

The magazine article, "Pilgrims In the Valley of Tears" by Ron Vossler
in 2000.  Article tells how Vossler got introduced to the letters and
about the first letter that was shown to him by a relative.
"We'll Meet Again in Heaven: Germans in the Soviet Union
Write Their American Relatives:  1925-1937"
Ronald Julius Vossler
North Dakota State University Libraries
Fargo, ND, 2001, 268 pages
ArtUkraine.com  "The Art of Building Ukraine"
    The Art of the Long, Bitter Struggle for Independence
    The Art of Nation Building and Good Governance
    The Art of Creating Market Economy, Democracy and Human Rights
    The Art of Private Business and Investment
    The Art of Ukrainian History, Culture and Society
    The Art of Ukrainian Arts, from Village to Museum to Opera House
    The Art of the Land, the Beauty, the History
One can find considerable material about the Holodomor in the Historical
Gallery of www.ArtUkraine.com much of which is not found on other sites.
E. Morgan Williams, Publisher
P. O. Box 2607
Washington, D.C. 20013
202 437 4707

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