Hunger for Peace
The Republican Famine Campaign 1946-47 and all the victims of communist oppression
In the context of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the famine of 1946-1947, between June 28 and July 6, the Association of Historians of the Republic of Moldova “A. Moșanu” carries out the republican campaign to commemorate the victims of organized hunger and all the victims of the communist regime, who suffered as a result of the annexation of Bessarabia on June 28 1940, under the slogan “Hunger for Peace”.
During the campaign, the films “Siberia from the Bones” and “Expeditions of Memory” will be shown in Chisinau, Cahul, Straseni and Calarasi, produced by studio OVH (directors – Leontina Vatamanu and Violeta Gorgos).
The traveling exhibition “Victims of Communism”, based on materials from the National Archives, will also be presented and attended by historians, victims of communist oppression, people of culture, priests and other guests.
The documentary “Siberia from the Bones” will be shown in Cahul on June 28, at 10.00, at the National Palace of Culture, N. Botgros”, in Chisinau, at the “Odeon” cinema on July 5, 18.00 and “Memory Expeditions”, on July 6, at the same time.
Admission will be free to all who wish.
Siberian bone – A shocking film directed by Leontina Vatamanu-Mărgineanu, which impressed audiences in many countries, and which tells about the tragedy of Bessarabian in the twentieth century. The documentary is a realistic and shocking reconstruction of those moments from the lives of four former deportees, who were arrested in the middle of the night from July 5-6, 1949 by Bolshevik activists. They rushed with their boots and bayonets, took peaceful people, children and the elderly, to labor camps in Siberia. The episodes refer to the horror and drama experienced by tens of thousands of Bessarabian during the Stalinist period.
Memory campaigns – A cycle of documentaries, produced during the expeditions of a group of students, historians, journalists and filmmakers. They reached the places where the deported Moldovans between 41-50 were brought – in the middle of the Siberian forests, without shelters, deprived of food and clothing and forced to work as slaves. Today some deportees can still be found in small Siberian villages – they still miss their homeland, they have not forgotten their mother tongue and they wonder why we have forgotten them … Being hardworking people, good stewards, their descendants successfully achieved culture, science and economy in various branches did not forget their ancestors and the most generous their memory. The moments when members of the expedition discovered in the depths of the Siberian forest tombs with crosses, sometimes demolished, of the Bessarabian, who found their eternal sleep here, were harrowing.
Further observation This year, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, on the initiative of the Association of Historians of the Republic of Moldova, with the support of many personalities, adopted, after 30 years of independence, a day of remembrance for the victims of the organization. Famine – last Saturday in April. We believe this is only a first step in restoring justice to the innocent victims of Hunger 46-47 in MSSR.
In this context, the National Association of Historians “A. Moșanu »reiterates its call to educational institutions, the media, people of culture, churches, and all citizens, to contribute to the collection of information on people who died or suffered as a result of organized starvation, to inform the younger generations about this tragedy and to commemorate these and all victims of the communist regime.
We also call for the unveiling of the common graves of the victims and the erection of crosses, crucifixes and other monuments in those places.
We also note that the famine of 1946-1947 was one of the most tragic and at the same time secret events in the history of the Moldavian SSR. The conclusion of historians is that the famine in Bessarabia was caused by the Communist Party of the USSR (under the leadership of Stalin), which signed an order for the delivery of MSSR products, in conditions of drought and impoverishment of the population after the war. Thus, in the first half of 1947, approximately 140,000 people died in the MSSR (when about 82,000 died during 1945, and in 1946 – 64,000). According to some estimates, the 46-47 famine caused between 200,000 and 300,000 victims, and other historians claim that this scourge affected about a third of the population of Bessarabia, and is the worst famine according to the total population of Bessarabia. The former Soviet Union.
Association of Historians of the Republic of Moldova „A. Moșanu “
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