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Holodomor (Голодомор) is a part of the Soviet famine of 1932–33.
The events in Ukraine were called "Holodomor", but when did the word appear?

Google Books Ngram Viewer shows no mentions of Holodomor before 1990s,
and while it shows a couple of mentions of Cyrillic word Голодомор as early as 1938,
I couldn't find anything relevant on the Google Books search proper.

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    Google books shows a couple of references to the word in International Affairs, Vol 54, Issues 4-6, which was published in 1955. However, it's only available in snipet format. – KillingTime Feb 1 '18 at 21:15
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    @KillingTime, unfortunately, Google Books is highly inaccurate when it comes to publishing dates. This Volume 54 was published in 2008. Just look at the "Common terms and phrases"- there is European Union, Russian Federation, etc. – Abyx Feb 2 '18 at 12:20
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When did the word Holodomor appear?

Wikipedia explains the etymology of holodomor as follows:

The word Holodomor literally translated from Ukrainian means "death by hunger", or "to kill by hunger, to starve to death". Sometimes the expression is translated into English as "murder by hunger or starvation". Holodomor is a compound of the Ukrainian words holod meaning "hunger" and mor meaning "plague". The expression moryty holodom means "to inflict death by hunger". The Ukrainian verb moryty (морити) means "to poison somebody, drive to exhaustion or to torment somebody". The perfective form of the verb moryty is zamoryty – "kill or drive to death by hunger, exhausting work". The word was used in print as early as 1978 by Ukrainian immigrant organisations in the United States and Canada. However, in the Soviet Union – of which Ukraine was a constituent republic – references to the famine were controlled, even after de-Stalinization in 1956. Historians could speak only of 'food difficulties', and the use of the very word golod/holod (hunger, famine) was forbidden.

Discussion of the Holodomor became more open as part of Glasnost in the late 1980s. In Ukraine, the first official use of the word was a December 1987 speech by Volodymyr Shcherbytskyi, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, on the occasion of the republic's seventieth anniversary. An early public usage in the Soviet Union was in February 1988, in a speech by Oleksiy Musiyenko, Deputy Secretary for ideological matters of the party organisation of the Kiev branch of the Union of Soviet Writers in Ukraine. The term may have first appeared in print in the Soviet Union on 18 July 1988, in his article on the topic. "Holodomor" is now an entry in the modern, two-volume dictionary of the Ukrainian language, published in 2004. The term is described as "artificial hunger, organised on a vast scale by a criminal regime against a country's population." - Holodomor (Wikipedia)

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    I wonder if they are significant proofs that it was voluntary or if it is pure incompetence like Mao in China ? Moreover, I wonder why USSR was so blamed about this when some democracies did no better. UK for example has world breaking records in numbers of famine in some of his dominions while these territories were net producers of food (Ireland, India). And Holodomor was older than some major famine in British India – xrorox Feb 2 '18 at 8:53
  • @mart I'll look into it. – xrorox Feb 2 '18 at 12:16

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