Famine of 1932-1933 became a black page in the Ukrainian history. Terroristic inner policy of the Soviet government undermined the social bases of the Ukrainian nation, its traditions, spiritual culture and identity. For years the recollections of famine in Ukraine have been being erased from the memory of the whole generations. The information about famine organizers was diligently concealed or eliminated. The modern society needs an objective evaluation of phenomena of yet no distant past and impartial consideration and understanding of the tragic events based on available documentary sources. In order to implement declassification of truth about the terrible times and perpetuate the memory of innocent victims an exhibition “The Value of Human’s Life” is held.
Devaluation of human’s life occurred in the early 1930s with the introduction of forced agricultural collectivization.
Total attack on the Ukrainian village started with the Decree of the CEC and CPC of the USSR on August 7, 1932 “On the protection of property of state enterprises, collective farms and cooperatives and on consolidation of public (socialist) property” and secret instruction on its application.
Peasants were sentenced to capital punishment or 10 years in a labor camp for the theft of grain or collective property or damage to farm equipments. Later the “Law of five wheat ears” became the basis for acceptance of other rigid regulations, such as fines, searches and mass arrests of so-called “class enemies”.