Holodomor Digital Collections
Non-Holodomor: Corpses of children who died of starvation in the streets of Kherson, Ukraine, lie in a heap at a mortuary
Description
Creator
unknown, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Description
Photographers who accompanied the relief missions during the 1920s famine had ample access to a whole range of facilities - including mortuaries, which was denied to any investigator during the Holodomor. With the denial of famine during the Holodomor came the denial of any access to evidence.

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.
Notes
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.20. http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/16481/file.pdf

For further evidence of the 1920s origins of this photograph, please see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Caption: “Un coin de la morgue de Kherson.” [A corner of the Kherson morgue.]
Date of Original
1921-1922
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Quisling, Vidkun
Corporate Name(s)
American Relief Administration ; Comité International de Secours a la Russie ; Conference universelle juive de secours ; International Save the Children Union ; Jewish World Relief Conference ; Nansen Mission ; Red Cross Society of Ukraine (1918-1923) ; Union international de secours aux enfants
Local identifier
PD801
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; French; Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • Kherson, Ukraine
    Latitude: 46.65581 Longitude: 32.6178
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Copyright Date
1922
Recommended Citation
“Un coin de la morgue de Kherson.”1921-1922. 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.20. http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/16481/file.pdf
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636158/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.
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Non-Holodomor: Corpses of children who died of starvation in the streets of Kherson, Ukraine, lie in a heap at a mortuary


Photographers who accompanied the relief missions during the 1920s famine had ample access to a whole range of facilities - including mortuaries, which was denied to any investigator during the Holodomor. With the denial of famine during the Holodomor came the denial of any access to evidence.

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.