Non-Holodomor: A youth with gangrene is attended by two hospital workers in a medical facility in Ukraine
- unknown, Photographer
- Media Type
- Item Types
- Pamphlet illustrations
- During the 1920’s, many photographs were taken which show starving individuals being cared for in hospitals or other medical facilities. To date, we have found no authenticated photos of famine victims in medical settings during the Holodomor. Medical personnel were not allowed to acknowledge and record starvation as a medical condition or cause of death during the Holodomor; furthermore, photography in any medical facility was by official permission only, or in model facilities open to visitors, where victims of starvation were not part of the tour.
This is one of a set of 20 photographs that illustrate La Famine en Ukraine, rapport, by Vidkun Quisling, April 30, 1922, described in the notes below. The photographs are housed among the documents of the "Union international de secours aux enfants" deposited in the Canton Archives of Geneva . Another nearly identical series of 17 photographs depicting famine conditions in Ukraine are also deposited at the Canton Archives. The latter photographs were in the possession of the Ukrainian Red Cross and sent abroad in 1921-1922 to various charitable organizations and to the Ukrainian diaspora press.
In 1921,the normally abundant southern steppe areas of Ukraine were suffering from drought and subsequent starvation as severe as in the Volga regions of Russia. However, the Bolsheviks in Moscow requisitioned the harvests from throughout Ukraine to feed the starving populations of Russia’s agricultural regions.The dire conditions in the Ukrainian steppes were further compounded as large numbers of migrants from Russia’s famine zones arrived, expecting to find plentiful sustenance.
When word of famine in Ukraine reached the American Relief Administration (ARA) in late 1921, their investigators were initially denied permission by Moscow to inspect the area. Eventually, Moscow relented and the ARA investigators discovered alarming conditions and urged immediate relief. Following extensive negotiations with the Kremlin and Kharkiv, the ARA was finally allowed to open food kitchens and medical relief programs in January of 1922 throughout the famine-stricken regions of southern Ukraine.
- Photo taken between 1921-1922.
Photo source: Information report series published by the Comité International de Secours a la Russie, Haut Commissariat du Dr. Nansen: no. 22: La Famine en Ukraine, rapport, by Vidkun Quisling. April 30, 1922. Genève: Imp. de H. Vollet . p.16. http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/16481/file.pdf
This photo appears as #3 of 17 photographs that were mailed by the Ukrainian Red Cross with a separate numbered list in an official envelope date-stamped as arriving in Geneva on May 5, 1922. They are now housed among the documents of the "Union international de secours aux enfants" in the Canton Archives of Geneva, Switzerland. (Serbyn 1992.)
Listed as: #3: "Хлопець тяжко хворий від голоду (повіт Гуляй Поле)." "Garçon malade de faim (canton [povit] de Huliai Pole)" [A starving boy (county [povit] of Hulyaypole]
Also available for viewing and download, with limitations: International Committee of the Red Cross, https://avarchives.icrc.org/Picture/5902
Location is misidentified as Russia.
See also: Related Features on right.
- “Gangraine amenée par la faim.” [Gangrene due to starvation.]
- Date of Original
- Date Of Event
- Personal Name(s)
- Quisling, Vidkun
- Corporate Name(s)
- American Relief Administration ; Comité International de Secours a la Russie ; International Save the Children Union ; Nansen Mission ; Red Cross Society of Ukraine (1918-1923) ; Union international de secours aux enfants
- Local identifier
- Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
- Language of Item
- English; French; Ukrainian
- Geographic Coverage
Latitude: 47.66389 Longitude: 36.25633
- Copyright Statement
- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
- Copyright Date
- Recommended Citation
- Information / Comité International de Secours a la Russie, Haut Commissariat du Dr. Nansen: no. 22: La Famine en Ukraine, rapport, by Vidkun Quisling. April 30, 1922, p.16. http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/16481/file.pdf
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636221/data
- Location of Original
- Original photograph used in the cited publications held by: Archives d'Etat de Genève (State Archives of the Canton of Geneva), Switzerland.
- Reproduction Notes
- Reproduced from the digitized version of the publication cited above.