Holodomor Digital Collections
Non-Holodomor: An emaciated child lies wracked with pain in a medical facility set up by international relief agencies working in Samara, Russia
Description
Creator
Liberman, Isaiah, 1885 -1921, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Photograph albums
Description
According to the barely legible album inscription, the album was presented to a Quaker representative of the American Friends Service Committee in remembrance of their work in Buzuluk (part of Samara Province in the lower Volga region of Russia in the 1920s.) The photographer, Isaiah Liberman is identified as the local representative of the Russian and Soviet governments designated to work with all foreign organizations.

During the 1920’s, many photographs were taken that 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 instructed to record causes of death other than starvation 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.

The main participants in the international relief effort that took place in the 1920s were the American Relief Administration led by Herbert Hoover and the International Committee for Russian Relief led by Fridtjof Nansen. 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: Album of Starvation in Povolj'e. Samara, 1921-22. [1922]. Earlham College Archives, Richmond, Indiana. copy from digitized resource.
Note: unnumbered pages and photos. Selected photo appears mid-album.
https://digital.palni.edu/digital/collection/ecplow/id/22689
For original placement on full page: https://digital.palni.edu/digital/collection/ecplow/id/22684
For caption and transcript: https://digital.palni.edu/digital/collection/ecplow/id/22686

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
Caption: “Бузулук приемник но.2. Больной, изможденный мальчик просит помощи глазами. Самара. Фот. Либерман.” “Buzuluk medical center #2. A sick, emaciated boy begs for help with his eyes. Samara. Photo. Liberman.” (Note: the captions were printed on separate slips of paper; in this case, the caption was mismatched to another nearby photo in the album.]
Date of Original
1921
Subject(s)
Corporate Name(s)
American Friends Service Committee ; Quakers
Local identifier
PD827
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; Russian
Geographic Coverage
  • Orenburg, Russia
    Latitude: 52.7807 Longitude: 52.2635
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
Liberman. I. 1921. “Buzuluk priyemnik no.2. Bol'noy, izmozhdennyy mal'chik prosit pomoshchi glazami. Samara." Album of Starvation in Povolj'e. Samara 1921-1922. [1922]. https://digital.palni.edu/digital/collection/ecplow/id/22689
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3637084/data
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced with permission of Earlham College Archives, Richmond, Indiana.
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Non-Holodomor: An emaciated child lies wracked with pain in a medical facility set up by international relief agencies working in Samara, Russia


According to the barely legible album inscription, the album was presented to a Quaker representative of the American Friends Service Committee in remembrance of their work in Buzuluk (part of Samara Province in the lower Volga region of Russia in the 1920s.) The photographer, Isaiah Liberman is identified as the local representative of the Russian and Soviet governments designated to work with all foreign organizations.

During the 1920’s, many photographs were taken that 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 instructed to record causes of death other than starvation 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.

The main participants in the international relief effort that took place in the 1920s were the American Relief Administration led by Herbert Hoover and the International Committee for Russian Relief led by Fridtjof Nansen. 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.