Popilnianskyi district

Zhytomyrskа region

Victims: 1500

The population of Stavyshche village (Popilnianskyi district, Zhytomyrska region) suffered from the Holodomor-genocide of 1932-1933.

In 1932-1933, Stavyshche village belonged to Stavyshchenska village council of Popilnianskyi district of Kyivska region.

In Poopilnianskyi district, in Stavyshche village, as of the 15th of February of 1933, “90 families are starving, 13 are swollen, including 70 families of the collective farm who are starving.” This is written in the appeal of Kyiv Regional Executive Committee to the Head of Council of People’s Commissars of Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic V. Chubar.

In the section “Measures of party organizations for the liquidation of flashes of famine” of the informational-sowing group of Central Committee of Communist Bolshevik Party of Ukraine, in the reference “On the facts of famine and the deaths of the population in certain regions of Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic” from the 28th of February of 1933, it is said that instead of explaining to the population that only idlers are starving, the village authorities are exaggerating the facts of starvation in order not to mobilize and use the sowing funds.

On the meeting of the bureau of Popilnianskyi RPK from the 14th of January of 1933, the present were listening the speech on the question “On the state of food difficulties in the district (information given by the comrades who were going to the village for the audit).” The member of the bureau Kudelia reported that in Stavyshche village there are 10 exhausted farms, 6 of them are the families of kolkhoz members. They are those who were working scantily in the collective farm, and speculated, not having sowed the ground. There are no hot breakfasts in the school, 90 children attend the school very seldom in connection with the exhaustion.

According to the memories of the eyewitnesses and old people, the place of mass burial of the 1932-33 Holodomor victims is located at the village cemetery on the distance of 500 meters from the village council (nowadays it is the zone of the old cemetery). Old people name the number of the dead from starvation of about 1500 people.