Holodomor Digital Collections
Nikolai Bokan and three of his sons commemorate the death of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation.
Description
Creator
Bokan, Nikolai, 1881-1942, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Type
Photographs
Description
Nikolai Bokan and three of his sons – Boris, Lev-Leonid, and Aleksandr – commemorate the death of their son and brother, Konstantin, who died of starvation. The group is seen solemnly seated at a table. Featured at the centre of the table is a display board that documents Konstantin’s death. Although the text is largely indecipherable, four of the five featured photos are visible, including photos of Konstantin’s corpse, funeral, and grave, which are featured elsewhere in this photo directory.

The display board is framed, and forget-me-not flowers are placed above the frame. Notably, this photo provides the only evidence of this display board, as the original is not found in Nikolai Bokan’s criminal case file.

Konstantin died of starvation in June 1933. In the few months prior to his death, he had been working on a collective farm where he was overworked and poorly fed. He had left the family home earlier in the spring of 1933. As his parents were struggling to provide for their large family during the famine, Konstantin was leaving the family home to take up work and residence at a collective farm. It is unclear whether he was asked to leave or whether he left of his own accord. Konstantin would have been around twenty-two years old at the time of his departure.

Cups, saucers, and a teapot have been placed on the table, which is covered in a patterned tablecloth. Framed images are hung on the wall behind the table. The two sons on the left are wearing shirts with embroidered trimming.
Inscriptions
Воспоминание о Косте умершем от голода. 10/ VII – 1933 г.

Remembering Kostia who starved to death. July 10, 1933.
Date of Publication
10 Jul 1933
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 13.5cm
Image Height: 8.5cm
Personal Name(s)
Boris Bokan ; Lev-Leonid Bokan ; Aleksandr Bokan ; Nikolai Bokan.
Local identifier
PD315
Collection
Nikolai Bokan
Language of Item
Russian
Geographic Coverage
  • Chernihiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 51.34567 Longitude: 32.87794
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Location of Original
State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine: https://ssu.gov.ua/ua/pages/98
Terms of Use
Any reproductions of images from the Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine must include the following reference: Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine, fonds 6, case № 75489-fp, volume 2.

Iнформуємо, що при публікації документів ГДА СБУ обов'язкове посилання на місце їх зберігання за зразком: ГДА СБ України, фонд 6, справа 75489-фп, том 2.
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced with the permission of the State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine.
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Nikolai Bokan and three of his sons commemorate the death of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation.


Nikolai Bokan and three of his sons – Boris, Lev-Leonid, and Aleksandr – commemorate the death of their son and brother, Konstantin, who died of starvation. The group is seen solemnly seated at a table. Featured at the centre of the table is a display board that documents Konstantin’s death. Although the text is largely indecipherable, four of the five featured photos are visible, including photos of Konstantin’s corpse, funeral, and grave, which are featured elsewhere in this photo directory.

The display board is framed, and forget-me-not flowers are placed above the frame. Notably, this photo provides the only evidence of this display board, as the original is not found in Nikolai Bokan’s criminal case file.

Konstantin died of starvation in June 1933. In the few months prior to his death, he had been working on a collective farm where he was overworked and poorly fed. He had left the family home earlier in the spring of 1933. As his parents were struggling to provide for their large family during the famine, Konstantin was leaving the family home to take up work and residence at a collective farm. It is unclear whether he was asked to leave or whether he left of his own accord. Konstantin would have been around twenty-two years old at the time of his departure.

Cups, saucers, and a teapot have been placed on the table, which is covered in a patterned tablecloth. Framed images are hung on the wall behind the table. The two sons on the left are wearing shirts with embroidered trimming.