Herbert Backe's Hunger Plan

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Re: Herbert Backe's Hunger Plan

Post by michael mills » 15 Sep 2016 09:13

So basically not different from what Stalin did in the beginning of the 1930s, treating millions of lives as disposable, even if not expressing a clear intent to murder them.
Yes.

The claim that Stalin was trying to exterminate the Ukrainian nation through starvation is nonsense.

What he was trying to do was to ensure an adequate food supply to the urban population by the forced extraction of food from the peasantry, without any regard for whether that would cause a famine among the rural population.

Backe was proposing much the same thing.

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Re: Herbert Backe's Hunger Plan

Post by michael mills » 15 Sep 2016 09:27

Last year I read a book by Lars Lih, "Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914-1921", which described the measures undertaken by both the Imperial and Bolshevik rulers on Russia to establish firm government control of the food supply in the period from the outbreak of war to the introduction of the NEP.

What Stalin did in 1932-33 was essentially a repetition of those measures, eg using military force to prevent the free flow of food from one region to another so as to preserve a government monopoly of food distribution.

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