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
- Liberman, Isaiah, 1885 -1921, Photographer
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- Lantern slides
- Many photographs taken during the 1920s international relief missions were posed, such as this one, and many include children partially or fully unclothed to show the effects of starvation on the body. This photo presents 5 of the children included in the larger group seen in PD823: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomordigitalcollections/3636738/ To date, we have not located any authenticated photos from the Holodomor that present a posed, partially or fully unclothed person suffering from starvation.
This photograph 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.
Buguruslan was part of Samara Province in the lower Volga region of Russia in the 1920’s
- Photo taken 1921.
Source of lantern slide shown: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Digital collection resource:
Original photo available in thumbnail view with some descriptive text from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Both the photographer's name and the village location are misspelled.
Title is: "Starving Moslem children from Collecting Station No. 17, Bugurslan, Samara Province: 5 children posed in front of log building"
Also available for viewing and download, with limitations, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Audiovisual Archives, https://avarchives.icrc.org/Picture/12271
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- Title assigned to slide: "Group of Boys suffering from Starvation"
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- American Friends Service Committee
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- Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
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Latitude: 53.6554 Longitude: 52.442
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- 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
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