Holodomor
The grave of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation.
Description
Creator
Bokan, Nikolai, 1881-1942, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Type
Photographs
Description
The photo features the grave of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation in June 1933. The top of the grave marker displays a photo of Konstantin, his name, the date of his death, and an inscription. The layout of the text on the inscription and the angle of the hanging axe together resemble an Eastern Orthodox cross. A bucket also hangs on the grave marker. Other graves appear to surround Konstantin’s, although within the photo’s frame, his grave is the only one with a marker. A fence, gate, road, and buildings are seen in the background.

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.
Inscriptions
[Inscription on the grave marker]:

Константин Николаевич Бокань
Скончался 30го Июня 1933 года на поле от непосильного труда в колхозе и недоедания

Konstantin Nikolaevich Bokan
Died on June 30, 1933, in a field from overwork on the collective farm and malnutrition.
Date of Publication
Jul 1933
Personal Name(s)
Konstantin Bokan.
Local identifier
PD317
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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The grave of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation.


The photo features the grave of Konstantin Bokan, who died of starvation in June 1933. The top of the grave marker displays a photo of Konstantin, his name, the date of his death, and an inscription. The layout of the text on the inscription and the angle of the hanging axe together resemble an Eastern Orthodox cross. A bucket also hangs on the grave marker. Other graves appear to surround Konstantin’s, although within the photo’s frame, his grave is the only one with a marker. A fence, gate, road, and buildings are seen in the background.

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.