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"By doubting we are led to question, and by questioning we arrive at truth."
Days of Famine, Nights of Terror
Firsthand Accounts of Soviet Collectivization 1928 -1934
(second, expanded edition)
edited and annotated by
translations from the Hungerpredigit by
Days of Famine, Nights of Terror tells of the horrors which took place inside the Soviet Union during the forced collectivization of private farms that resulted in over ten million deaths. It is unique in that it presents firsthand accounts of the experiences of national minority groups in the USSR caught up in those events; Poles from the western border region which is now Belarus, and Germans in Russia and Ukraine. Written contemporaneously with the events, these are not the type of extensively reworked stories told decades after the events so familiar from other tragedies. Rather, they were the spontaneous attestations and anguished pleas for help of simple people struggling to stay alive as they saw their neighbors and family members dying from deportation to inhuman conditions of slave labor camps in the far north or from starvation in their homes. As powerfully moving as these accounts are, they are not accepted without application of the critical questioning and logical analysis that should be required before any such claims of terrible atrocities and mass murder are allowed to be entered into the historical record. The editor, Leonard Leshuk, provides the historical background and supporting documentation, but also takes the role of the devil's advocate in subjecting the victims' testimony to coldly objective scrutiny in a determined effort to arrive at the truth.
Bringing to light documents that had been hidden and forgotten for over six decades, Days of Famine, Nights of Terror incorporates a nearly book length account written by a Polish teenager. After he and his family were dispossessed and deported to the frozen northlands, he alone managed to remain alive and escape to bear witness to the horrors they had experienced. Uncovered by the editor in previously secret classified US intelligence files, this story is both a tragedy and a gripping true adventure that takes the reader along on a perilous journey through a land where hunger, cold, and death were constant companions. In contrast to this in-depth view are over 100 letters written by ethnic Germans, ranging from notes of a few lines penned by starving children who understood little of the nature or extent of the tragedy taking place, to insightful letters written as last testaments by adults who knew that they were being intentionally starved to death by a government which saw them as class enemies. The translations by Raimund Rueger of these letters pleading for help give a disturbingly intimate view of the victims and their lives. To read them is to feel oneself sitting alongside the writers at tables in the bare kitchens of peasant houses on what was normally some of the most productive farmland in the entire world, but where confiscation of virtually all food and means of production by a government acting in the name of creating universal equality and prosperity had left the population starving to death. When it is realized that the atrocities committed against these relative small minority ethnic groups were being repeated on a much larger scale against millions of Ukrainians, Cossacks, and Russians, the full horror of this man-made catastrophe begins to sink in.
In the background and analysis information many shocking facts are exposed. The manner in which the US government and the vast majority of those in academia not only ignored, but for many decades intentionally covered up, the truth about what had taken place is shown to be one of the most shameful aspects of this event. The identities of some of the people who were most responsible for these crimes, and the cowardly behavior of the Western governments which refused to bring them to justice, are revealed. The methods by which the Soviet government first disarmed the population, then began ever more onerous taxation and confiscation of property, and finally deported or attempted to starve to death anyone who resisted, are examined. Ultimately, this book also provides a model to use in assessing the validity of claims about other atrocities; showing what questions need to be asked, and how logic as well as historical and scientific knowledge need to be applied to testing the veracity of witnesses and their stories.
Days of Famine, Nights of Terror, 243 pages, soft cover. Retail price $19.95 ISBN 0-9706464-0-2
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The Testimony of Vladimir Pachamowitz
This is the firsthand account of a Polish teenager in the USSR who, along with his family and millions of others, was deported to the labor camps in the frozen northlands during the forced collectivization of private farms in the late 1920s. Of his family only he escaped and survived to tell of what was taking place. Writing of his experiences shortly after his perilous journey to Poland, he revealed the horrors which the Western governments ignored at the time and then concealed for many decades.
This book is being produced as a low cost edition especially suitable for use in schools. If your local school system requires students to read books about tragic events set in the WW II era, you should insist that a balanced view of history be given by the inclusion in the curriculum of this Polish teenager's account of the terrible atrocities inflicted on non-communist East Europeans in the period preceding and leading to the war -- knowledge of which is vital to any true understanding what took place in the 1940s.
(Note: This is the same account that forms the first portion of Days of Famine, Nights of Terror, presented with introductory material and analysis more suitable for use in schools. It has additional explanatory annotations, and slight editing for clarity, to make it more easily understood by students.)
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A More Insidious Enemy
Exposing the dangerous lies and misinformation concerning
chemical and biological weapons
Contrary to popular belief, chemical and biological weapons are some of the least effective, least dependable, and least cost-effective of all weapons. The gross exaggerations and outright lies told about chemical and biological weapons and the supposed threat of terrorist use of them are actually far more dangerous than the weapons themselves. A More Insidious Enemy exposes the deceit that has been used to steal billions of dollars from taxpayers and cynically curtail their rights in the name of protecting them from what is found to be a greatly exaggerated, and in some cases non-existent, threat.
This book shows that even what have been long presented as irrefutable facts about chemical weapons used in World War I are largely false. The image of great lethality from small amounts of poison gas is in complete conflict with statistics which show that in the First World War the amounts used for each fatality caused were measured not in grams, ounces, pounds, or even kilograms, but in tons. Far from blindness being a common effect of gas, out of the nearly half a million men in the American Expeditionary Force the number permanently blinded as a result of gas injuries can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and those were due not to gas itself but to secondary infections which would have been treatable in more recent times. In a critical examination of the uses and alleged uses after World War I, no evidence is found of any exceptional effectiveness of chemical or biological weapons, while extensive evidence of gross exaggeration and outright fraud for political and financial gain is uncovered. Biological substances are shown to be even more unpredictable than chemical ones in weapons; totally impractical and virtually useless in all but very special and limited circumstances. The claims that biological weapons could wipe out large portions of the population are investigated and proven to have their basis in fantasy and unsupported theory rather than any scientific evidence concerning the spread of disease organisms in the real world. A clear picture emerges of how a hysterical fear of gas was created for propaganda purposes, and ever since used to manipulate the public. With gas portrayed as an especially horrible super-weapon, allegations of its deployment are now commonly used to demonize enemies and garner support for wars which would otherwise face popular opposition. In fact though, to the technically knowledgeable, the claims about use of chemical and biological weapons are generally so implausible or even physically impossible that they themselves expose as fabrications the allegations being made about the supposed users.
A More Insidious Enemy explains in detail how the myths about these weapons got started, examines why they were perpetuated, and exposes the means and motives of those who propagate and reinforce them today. It shows that governments use those myths to pursue counterproductive policies, create expensive imaginary protection from non-existent threats, and strip citizens rights in a supposed need to keep such weapons from "rogue nations" or "terrorists". In doing so it provides the truth about these weapons, which far better enables people to protect themselves from the limited dangers actually posed than do the lies and hysterical fear propagated by governments, the news media, and the many sensational but inaccurate books on the subject.
Taxpayers and voters need to read this book so as to understand the financial and political hoax that has been perpetrated with them as the victims. It is also absolutely required reading for those in the military, local government, law enforcement, medicine, and emergency response occupations who may someday be required to deal with chemical/biological threats, real or imaginary . This book will enable them to assess such situations on the basis of something other than the grossly misleading propaganda that has previously been the primary information available. The facts in this book will guide them to the appropriate response which can best protect the interests and safety of the public and themselves.
A More Insidious Enemy, 314 pages, soft cover. Retail price $24.95 ISBN 0-9706464-1-0
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Norse-Celtic exploration, colonization, and conflict
in Pre-Columbian North America
V. N. Byelko
Scheduled Publication Date: (postponed - being incorporated into a two volume series)
After a century of scholarly dispute, the fact of Viking voyages to the North American continent was finally confirmed and accepted when irrefutable archaeological evidence was found in the 1960s. However, a very simplistic view has prevailed as to their activities in, and the reasons for their retreat from, the vast, rich New World. Through several decades of research and multi-discipline analysis of the documentary and archaeological evidence, a coherent, logical picture of events has finally emerged. Rather than being an isolated, brief, and obscure historical anomaly, Viking activity in North America is shown to have been directly connected into northern European political and religious affairs over several centuries. Perhaps most importantly, this book provides a clear historical model that will be invaluable in the search for further archaeological evidence of pre-Columbian European contact with North America.
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Irish Explorations of America
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