Holodomor Digital Collections
Photo Display Board: "Our Past and Present in Photos"
Description
Creator
Nikolai Bokan, 1881-1942, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Type
Photographs
Description
A photo display board created by Nikolai Bokan in 1936. The board offers a timeline of events in the life of Nikolai Bokan and his family, ranging from 1865 to 1936. Inscriptions are written on many of the photos, and additional descriptive text is displayed on the right-hand side of the board (see “Inscription Details” for more information). One quarter (14) of the 55 photos displayed are related to the famine, illustrating its significance in the spectrum of the Bokan family’s experiences. Over three quarters of the photos can be presumed to have been captured by Bokan.

For more information on individual famine-related photos, please refer to the “Related Features” section on the right-hand side of the screen.

Interspersed among the photos of the family are images of renowned figures revered by Bokan, including Jesus Christ and Ghandi. Also featured are photos of books that had most influenced him, namely The Gospel in Brief and The Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy.

Nikolai Bokan was an adherent of the Tolstoyan movement, which was based on the philosophical and religious writings of Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy’s views were formed by the study of the ministry of Jesus. The movement promoted values of non-militarism, vegetarianism, and moral improvement, and aspired for the attainment of a rural, self-sufficient livelihood.

For more information on individual photos, see the “Related Features” section.

Inscriptions
A transcription of the Russian text and English translation are available in the "Inscription Details" document on the right-hand side of the screen.
Date of Original
1936
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 16.5cm
Image Height: 11.5cm
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Nikolai Bokan ; Vasilina Bokan ; Nikolai Bokan (Jr) ; Vladimir Bokan ; Boris Bokan ; Konstantin Bokan ; Anna Bokan ; Lev-Leonid Bokan ; Alexandr Bokan
Local identifier
PD407
Collection
Nikolai Bokan
Language of Item
Russian
Geographic Coverage
  • Chernihiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 51.34567 Longitude: 32.87794
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for 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 rightsholder, the State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine.
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Photo Display Board: "Our Past and Present in Photos"


A photo display board created by Nikolai Bokan in 1936. The board offers a timeline of events in the life of Nikolai Bokan and his family, ranging from 1865 to 1936. Inscriptions are written on many of the photos, and additional descriptive text is displayed on the right-hand side of the board (see “Inscription Details” for more information). One quarter (14) of the 55 photos displayed are related to the famine, illustrating its significance in the spectrum of the Bokan family’s experiences. Over three quarters of the photos can be presumed to have been captured by Bokan.

For more information on individual famine-related photos, please refer to the “Related Features” section on the right-hand side of the screen.

Interspersed among the photos of the family are images of renowned figures revered by Bokan, including Jesus Christ and Ghandi. Also featured are photos of books that had most influenced him, namely The Gospel in Brief and The Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy.

Nikolai Bokan was an adherent of the Tolstoyan movement, which was based on the philosophical and religious writings of Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy’s views were formed by the study of the ministry of Jesus. The movement promoted values of non-militarism, vegetarianism, and moral improvement, and aspired for the attainment of a rural, self-sufficient livelihood.

For more information on individual photos, see the “Related Features” section.