Cover Osteuropa 12/2020

In Osteuropa 12/2020

The echo of the Holodomor
The famine of 1932/33 in the Austrian press

Andreas Kappeler

Deutsche Fassung


News about the famine of 1932/33 that raged in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and southern Russia, was suppressed by the Soviet government, which banned the publication of any information about the catastrophe and denied its existence. An analysis of the contemporary press in Austria reveals that despite this, the general public did have access to broad information about the famine, which was even reported in local newspapers. The Secretary General of the “Congress of European Nationalities”, Ewald Ammende, and Cardinal Innitzer, played an important role in the dissemination of information. Cardinal Innitzer’s authority gave greater credibility to the news of the famine.

(Osteuropa 12/2020, pp. 123–143)