and one that really brings meaning to the term Anger of Compassion, which is the website that pointed me to it.
of the questions. This marks you as
student of Communist atrocities.
It says something about our knowledge of things that actually matter, if a score of 25% marks me as an Intermediate instead of Pretty Clueless. Take the test and read the answers.
EXCLUSIVE of the Ukrainian famine in 1932-33, the numbered of "kulaks," or better-off peasants (and their families) murdered by Stalin numbered about:
A) Only a few thousand village leaders - almost all of the "kulak" fatalities actually occurred during the Ukrainian famine following the dekulakization campaign.
B) 100,000 - about as many Japanese who died from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
C) 250,000 - about equal to the number of Gypsies exterminated by Hitler.
D) 1.5 million - about as many as the Turks killed in the Armenian holocaust.
E) 2 million - about as many as killed by Pol Pot in Cambodia.
F) 6.5 million - somewhat more than the number of Jews murdered by Hitler.
Your answer, C, was incorrect. The correct answer was F.
"Dekulakization" was truly the crime of the century - for not only did it exterminate on a Hitlerian scale, but it also largely escaped the world's attention then and since. The mass deportations of kulak families preceded forced collectivization - it was apparently directed at "decapitating" peasant communities of any leaders who might organize resistance to Stalin's policies. "Kulaks," incidentally, were often very poor - an extra cow or a careless word spoken to a Party member were easy ways to earn this deadly label. While Soviet sources long denied the Ukrainian famine, they have always admitted that entire kulak families were "liquidated" on a large scale. See Robert Conquest, The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine.