Tetiivskyi district

Kyivskа region

Victims: 685

The population of  Telizhyntsi village (Tetiyivskyi district, Kyivska region) suffered from the Holodomor-genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine. There is no archival data about the number of people killed by starvation, but the eyewitnesses tell, that after August of 1933 the local village council staff members were saying: “During the 1932 year and winter and summer of 1933, 685 people died in the village.”

312 victims are identified. At both local cemeteries, there are visible places of 1933 graves, where there were the pits. Over the mass burial, the trees and bushes are growing.

The spring and summer of 1932 were rainy. People were by hard work and undernourishment. The harvest was good, the peasants tried to collect it in time and quickly. However, threshed grain was carried onto the wagons and taken out in order to complete the state grain procurement campaign. After completing the plan, the authority from the district came ang brought the documents on the extra plan.

Later, because of slow process of completing the plan, Telizhyntsi village was put onto the “black desk.” This is evidenced by the telegram of the secretary of Kyiv Oblast Committee of the Communist Bolshevik Party of Ukraine M. Demchenko to the Central Committee of the Communist Bolshevik Party of Ukraine, where he asks to put some villages onto the “black desk,” because they “show stubbornness and hide the bread.”

In August of 1932, the party activists got the rule to confiscate the bread in private farms.

The letters of the member of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Bolshevik Party of Ukraine, the head of the Central Control Commission of the Communist Bolshevik Party of Ukraine Volodymyr Zatonskyi to Kyiv Oblast Committee of the party from the 3rd–4th of June of 1932 show the terrible mockery of the local authorities and party workers during the dekulakization and collectivization (the letter is written in Russian). “There is no need to speak about the searches with confiscation of bread, other products and home things during the grain procurements. This was used in all districts, but the things happened in Tetiyiw are non-imaginable. There is no village there, in which there is no house ruined. The roofs and ceilings are taken off, the windows and doors are broken out, the ovens are ruined. This was done not only to find the hidden bread, but just to take some measures… Not only the roofs were knocked out, but the heads were too. There were mass beatings, freezings, fryings in specially heated rooms.”