- Category: History
- Created on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:56
- Written by Mike Ely
We have been discussing a wave of anti-communist charges that have been aimed at the revolutionary Maoist period in China.
In that discussion, we noted that a new book is appearing: Frank Dikötter's 2010 book Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe. It is advertised to be an exposure of Mao's Great Leap Forward (and the food shortages of 1958-62).
This book itself has not yet been extensively dissected and vetted. However there is already an exposure of a falsification concerning the book's cover.
That cover appears on the right. The website "Genocide Studies Media File" has documented that this cover photo is a misrepresentation. (Thanks to BJ for suggesting that we expose this.)
The cover picture depicts a hungry Chinese child begging for food (shown below):
Now we have learned that its obvious source is from a 1946 issue of Life Magazine:
The hungry child here was, however, photographed in in the Nationalist (i.e. pro-U.S.) controlled portion of China. It was taken three years before the Maoist seizure of power (in 1949) and over a decade before the Great Leap Forward.
It is one example of how anti-communist works play loose with facts, sources and documentation. It will be revealing to see how Dikötter responds as this falsification gets around.
For now the misrepresented picture is all over Dikötter's site.
One commentator on the GSMF site adds:
"Furthermore on another webpage at the same website, Dikota posts a video - in which again famine photos are shown which are clearly not from the GLF."
Here is that video (which also highlights posters from the Cultural Revolution in a discussion supposedly about events a decade earlier):