Holodomor Digital Collections
Non-Holodomor: Young girl, unclothed to show her swollen abdomen and skeletal limbs, stands near the doorway to her house in Russia
Description
Creator
Liberman, Isaiah, 1885 -1921, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Description
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. 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 taken in Buguruslan, which was part of Samara Province in the lower Volga region of Russia in the 1920s. It 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.
Notes
Photo source: Gorki, Maxim, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Fridtjof Nansen. 1922. Russland und die Welt. Berlin: Verl. für Politik und Wirtschaft, [unpag.photo section titled: Durch Not und Elend. Originalaufnahmen von Fridtjof Nansen aus dem russischen Hungergebiet.] https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.32000014437950;view=1up;seq=42

For further evidence of the 1920s origins of this photograph and a biographical note on the photographer, Isaiah Liberman, please see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Gorki, et al caption: “Kinderschicksal.” [the children’s fate]
Date of Original
1921
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Nansen, Fridtjof
Corporate Name(s)
American Relief Administration ; International Committee for Russian Relief ; Union internationale de secours aux enfants
Local identifier
PD822
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; French
Geographic Coverage
  • Orenburg, Russia
    Latitude: 53.6554 Longitude: 52.442
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Liberman, I. 1921. “Kinderschicksal.”Nansen, Fridtjof, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Maxim Gorki. Russland und die Welt. Berlin: Verlag für Politik und Wirtschaft, 1922. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.32000014437950;view=1up;seq=42
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636700/data
Location of Original
National Library of Norway, Oslo, Norway.
Terms of Use
The Wikimedia Commons image is in public domain; however: "Please provide information about where the image was first published, who created it, and when the photographer died, if known. The right to be attributed does not expire in Norway."
Reproduction Notes
Photo reproduced from pamphlet as cited above. (Note that the Wikimedia commons source provides better image quality.)
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Non-Holodomor: Young girl, unclothed to show her swollen abdomen and skeletal limbs, stands near the doorway to her house in Russia


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. 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 taken in Buguruslan, which was part of Samara Province in the lower Volga region of Russia in the 1920s. It 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.