Death by Starvation

Today I saw the movie Bitter Harvest, the story of two young people caught up in “Holodomor” (Ukrainian for death by starvation).

Holodomor was the purposeful starving to death of 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 Ukrainian peasants by the Soviet Union in 1932/1933. The movie hit home. It brought back memories of my childhood. I broke down at the end of the movie.

We all know the history of the Holocaust – as we should. It was pure evil. But if that is all we know, we know only half of history. We know Nazism was evil. We should also know that communism is evil. Most Americans have never heard of the Ukrainian genocide. The communist government controlled all information and kept the genocide a secret.

A New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer-prize winner, Walter Duranty, who was stationed in Russia, was complicit in keeping it a secret. He knew, in real time, of the genocide but never reported on it. Instead he praised Stalin, the Soviet Union, and communism.

Being an admirer of Josef Stalin and communism he famously wrote, “But – to put it brutally – you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” He was justifying the purposeful starvation peasant farmers who did not want to give up their freedoms and their land in order to attain the ideal communist society.

Author talk: Circleville High School History Classes

Yesterday and today Circleville High School history teacher Nic Hamman brought me in to talk to six classes. Since I had two days with them, it gave me a chance to cover the highlights of my story thoroughly, and have time for questions and answers.

The students were interested and attentive, felt they learned something, and appreciated me talking to them. After the classes today many of the students came up to shake my hand and thank me!

Now available for Kindle!

Big news! Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is now available in Kindle format!

You can now read Gerhard’s book as an ebook on your Kindle reader, or any other device that has the Kindle app (iOS and Android devices).

While it is nice to cozy up by a fire and read a hefty paper book, it is a bit more challenging to lug one around on vacation or other travels. And Gerhard is now offering the ebook version for international sales, as well, since “shipping” is much more reasonable (i.e., free) for ebooks.

Get the Kindle version of Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? from Amazon, or put your hands on a good old physical book either directly from Gerhard himself or on


Why can't somebody just die around here?
by Gerhard Maroscher, $24.95

You can pay with a credit card - you do NOT have to have a PayPal account. Look for the other options on the right hand side of the next screen.

If you want more than one copy you will have the opportunity to change the quantity on the next screen.

Media Mail postage is $3.99 per book. Sales tax will be added to orders for Ohio residents.

For the moment international orders are being handled directly with Gerhard.
Orders will ship within 1-3 days via USPS Media Mail, which takes 2-9 days to arrive.

Fourth printing is in the house!

Several hundred books makes for a densely heavy load.

Several hundred books makes for a densely heavy load.

Another large truck has just delivered the fourth printing of Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? so there are plenty available for order!

Fortunately Gerhard's driveway is relatively flat!

Fortunately Gerhard’s driveway is relatively flat!

We are also working on distributing an ebook version so you can read on your Kindle and other devices! More news on that soon!

Author Talk: Pickaway County Library

What a breathtaking and inspiring story [my high school German teacher] and his family went through, and I would suggest everyone to hear him speak or read his book. -Matthew Berger

[Gerhard’s] story is very much the same as my father’s, and the same of many currently who are trying to come here to build a better life for their children. Check out his book, “Why Can’t Someone Just Die Around Here?” to better understand the atrocities of war, disease, food insecurity, and a mother’s love for her children. -Jennifer Hutchinson