Myronivskyi district

Kyivskа region

Victims: 600

The population of Shandra village (Myronivskyi district, Kyivska region) suffered from the Holodomor-genocide of 1932-1933.

In 1921, the community “Serp i Molot” (“Sickle and Hammer”) was created. In 1930, the collective farm named after Shevchenko was organized. In the process of collectivization, there arose the problem about the destinies of wealthy peasants. They were called “kulaks”, despite the most of them were processing their land by themselves, not using the hired labor. Among them was Konon Kozachenko, who proposed to name the kolkhoz after Great Kobzar, in order to perpetuate the memory of Taras Shevchenko. This peasant gave all his land and agricultural tools to the collective farm, but he disagreed to give there his house, which he built by his own hand for his family. This situation forced him to commit suicide.

“Dekulakization” and liquidation of wealthy farms, confiscations of property lasted in 1929-1933.

During these years, about 30 peasant farms were expropriated in general. 6 peasants were convicted of “sabotage”. Among them, the individual farmers Ya. I. Biloshapka, born in 1901, and A. K. Sarana, born in 1895, were sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment.

In the years of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, about 600 inhabitants of the village died from starvation. 238 persons killed by famine, among which are 28 children, are identified. There were the cases of cannibalism.

In 1997, at the mass burial place, located at the cemetery, the Memorial cross was installed due to the initiative of the head of the village council P. P. Prokopenko.