Holodomor Digital Collections
Non-Holodomor: Five young boys in Russia show evidence of swelling and starvation, with one boy pointing out the bloated stomach of the boy next to him
Description
Creator
Liberman, Isaiah, 1885 -1921, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Lantern slides
Description
This photo presents 5 of the children included in the larger group seen in PD823: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636738/data To date, we have not located any authenticated photos from the Holodomor that present a posed, partially or fully unclothed person or group suffering from starvation.

This group photo taken in Buguruslan was one of many documenting famine conditions in the Volga region of Russia in 1921-1922. It was was used in newsletters, pamphlets, postcards, and posters to raise awareness, garner sympathy, and raise funds, particularly in Western Europe, for the massive relief effort that was quickly organized in 1921 to help the starving regions of Russia and later, Ukraine.

The main participants in the international relief effort were the American Relief Administration (ARA) chaired by Herbert Hoover and the International Committee for Russian Relief led by Fridtjof Nansen. The largest and most consequential by far was the ARA. Participants that coordinated with one or the other organization included, among others, the American Friends Service Committee and the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee from the US; and from Europe: the International Save the Children Union, Friends Emergency War Victims Relief Committee, and the International Red Cross.
Notes
Source of lantern slide shown: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Digital collection resource:
http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/SC_Relief/id/2131/rec/317

For further evidence of the 1920s origins of this photograph and a biographical note on the photographer, Isaiah Liberman, please see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Title assigned to slide: "Group of Boys suffering from Starvation"
Date of Original
1921
Subject(s)
Corporate Name(s)
American Friends Service Committee
Local identifier
PD824
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Orenburg, Russia
    Latitude: 53.6554 Longitude: 52.442
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
"Group of Boys suffering from Starvation" (ID# A0006148), Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, American Friends Service Committee lantern slides of World War I relief work, PA 189; a part of the Quaker Relief in Europe, 1914-1922 Collection: http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/SC_Relief
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636985/data
Location of Original
The original lantern slide is located at the Library cited above.
Terms of Use
If you wish to reproduce materials for any other purpose than personal study, please contact Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College for permission at friends@swarthmore.edu
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced, courtesy of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, friends@swarthmore.edu
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Non-Holodomor: Five young boys in Russia show evidence of swelling and starvation, with one boy pointing out the bloated stomach of the boy next to him


This photo presents 5 of the children included in the larger group seen in PD823: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636738/data To date, we have not located any authenticated photos from the Holodomor that present a posed, partially or fully unclothed person or group suffering from starvation.

This group photo taken in Buguruslan was one of many documenting famine conditions in the Volga region of Russia in 1921-1922. It was was used in newsletters, pamphlets, postcards, and posters to raise awareness, garner sympathy, and raise funds, particularly in Western Europe, for the massive relief effort that was quickly organized in 1921 to help the starving regions of Russia and later, Ukraine.

The main participants in the international relief effort were the American Relief Administration (ARA) chaired by Herbert Hoover and the International Committee for Russian Relief led by Fridtjof Nansen. The largest and most consequential by far was the ARA. Participants that coordinated with one or the other organization included, among others, the American Friends Service Committee and the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee from the US; and from Europe: the International Save the Children Union, Friends Emergency War Victims Relief Committee, and the International Red Cross.