Holodomor
Non-Holodomor: A youth crazed with hunger sits in a basin in a Ukrainian village
Description
Creator
unknown, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Pamphlet illustrations
Description
There exist written records of cannibalism occurring during both the Famine of 1921-22 and the Holodomor - particularly the consumption of those who had already died of starvation. However, there have been no photographs located to date of either perpetrators or victims of this dreadful crime during the Holodomor.

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.17. 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: “Cannibal de Zaporoshie: il a mange sa soeur.” [Cannibal from Zaporizhia: he had eaten his sister]
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 ; International Save the Children Union ; Nansen Mission ; Red Cross Society of Ukraine (1918-1923) ; Union international de secours aux enfants
Local identifier
PD804
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; French
Geographic Coverage
  • Zaporizhia, Ukraine
    Latitude: 47.45397 Longitude: 34.83369
  • Zaporizhia, Ukraine
    Latitude: 47.27304 Longitude: 36.77681
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Copyright Date
1922
Recommended Citation
“Cannibal de Zaporoshie: il a mange sa soeur.” 1921-1922. in 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.17. http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/16481/file.pdf
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636163/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: A youth crazed with hunger sits in a basin in a Ukrainian village


There exist written records of cannibalism occurring during both the Famine of 1921-22 and the Holodomor - particularly the consumption of those who had already died of starvation. However, there have been no photographs located to date of either perpetrators or victims of this dreadful crime during the Holodomor.

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.