RUSSIA: Starvation & Surplus

Between Pope Pius XI and Dictator Stalin I yawns an abyss on a major issue of fact: Did millions of Soviet citizens starve in 1933 or did they get enough to eat?

"Our country never knew such a harvest as that of 1933!" exulted the Dictator's official Moscow newsorgan Izvestia last week. Russians safely harvested, according to Izvestia, more grain than in any previous year in Soviet or Tsarist times, a grand and overflowing total of 89,800,000 metric tons (3,323,000.000 bushels). In wheat, again according to Izvestia, Russian production was nearly double that...

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