Holodomor Digital Collections
Non-Holodomor: A cart is on its way to the cemetery loaded with corpses that were collected along the streets of Kherson, Ukraine, and stripped of their clothing
Description
Creator
unknown, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Pamphlet illustrations
Description
To date, we have located one photograph from the time of the Holodomor which depicts, though less graphically, a scene of deceased victims of famine that have been collected from the streets and are being driven to a burial site: See Alexander Wienerberger's photograph of 2 carts with bodies collected from the streets of Kharkiv in 1933: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636285/data

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. In spite of this, 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: Herasymovych, Ivan. 1922. Holod na Ukraïni. Biblioteka Ukraïnʹkoho Slova, Ch. 31. Berlin: Ukr. slovo, p. 96.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.32000004088656;view=1up;seq=102

For further evidence of the 1920s origins of this photograph, please see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Caption in Herasymovych: “Трупи зібрані на вулицях Херсону в дорозі на цвинтар.” [Corpses collected on the streets of Kherson on the way to the cemetery.]
Date of Original
1921-1922
Subject(s)
Corporate Name(s)
American Relief Administration ; Comité International de Secours a la Russie ; Red Cross Society of Ukraine (1918-1923) ; Union international de secours aux enfants ; International Save the Children Union ; Nansen Mission
Local identifier
PD800
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; French; Ukrainian
Geographic Coverage
  • Kherson, Ukraine
    Latitude: 46.61667 Longitude: 32.6
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Copyright Date
1922
Recommended Citation
“Trupy zibrani na vulytsyakh Khersonu v dorozi na tsvyntar.” 1921-1922. Herasymovych, Ivan. 1922. Holod na Ukraïni. Biblioteka Ukraïnʹkoho Slova, Ch. 31. Berlin: Ukr. slovo, p. 96. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.32000004088656;view=1up;seq=102
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3640251/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 Herasymovych cited above.
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Non-Holodomor: A cart is on its way to the cemetery loaded with corpses that were collected along the streets of Kherson, Ukraine, and stripped of their clothing


To date, we have located one photograph from the time of the Holodomor which depicts, though less graphically, a scene of deceased victims of famine that have been collected from the streets and are being driven to a burial site: See Alexander Wienerberger's photograph of 2 carts with bodies collected from the streets of Kharkiv in 1933: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636285/data

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. In spite of this, 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.