The Ukrainian Genocide/The Great Famine

In 1932-33, Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, imposed the system of land management know as collectivization. This resulted in the seizure of all privately owned farmland and livestock. By 1932, much of the wheat crop was dumped on the foreign market to generate cash to aid Stalin’s Five-Year Plan. The law demanded that no grain could be given to feed the peasants until a quota was met. By the spring of 1933, an estimated 25,000 people died every day in the Ukraine. Deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands, an estimated 7,000,000 persons perished due to the resulting famine in this area known as the breadbasket of Europe.