In the early 1930’s, Stalin’s brutal policies to reign in the control of Ukraine resulted in the starvation and deaths of approximately 4 million people.

The communist controlled the growing of crops, the distribution of crops, and the ability of Ukrainian farmers to feed themselves and their families. To further ensure that Ukrainian farmers did not leave their villages to seek food in the cities, the Soviet government started a system of internal passports, which were denied to farmers so they could not travel or obtain a train ticket without official permission.

Today, we face challenges in the next several months that in many ways mimic the iron-fisted policies of Stalin in his punishment of the farmers and peasants of Ukraine. 

Join Michael O’Fallon as he explores the history and lessons learned from Stalin’s Holodomor.

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