Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, 1921-1933

  • 28 Sep 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • EBRD, Ukrainian Institute in London and Penguin Books
Read Famine by Anne Anne Applebaum

A discussion with author Anne Applebaum

Join journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum for a discussion of her new book Red Famine:  Stalin’s War on Ukraine, 1921-1933 in the Auditorium at EBRD headquarters.   

In 1932-33, millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, “Red Famine” investigates how this happened, who was responsible, and what the consequences were.

The book draws on a mass of archival material and first-hand testimony only available after the break-up of the Soviet Union. It includes accounts of the famine by those who survived it, and shows how the Soviet state ruthlessly used propaganda to turn neighbor against neighbor in order to expunge so-called 'anti-revolutionary' elements. It also records the actions of extraordinary individuals who did all they could to counter and relieve the suffering.

The discussion will commence promptly at 6pm on Thursday 28 September.  Prior registration is necessary and will open on 11 September.  The discussion will be followed by a reception.

About the author:

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for “The Washington Post”. She is the author of several books, including “Gulag: A History”, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and “Iron Curtain”, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. Since 1989, her writing has frequently focused on the post-communist transition, but she has also written extensively about British, American and European politics.  She is a former member of the “Washington Post” editorial board, former deputy editor of “The Spectator”, and former Warsaw correspondent for “The Economist”. She has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and has lectured at many other universities.

Books will be available for purchase and the author will be on hand to autograph copies purchased.

This event has been made possible by the Ukrainian Institute in London and Penguin Books.

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