Holodomor
Non-Holodomor: An emaciated child stands for the photographer by her hospital bed in Kherson, Ukraine
Description
Creator
Rappeport, Gabriel, 1893 - 1935, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Type
Photographs
Description
One of an extensive series of photographs depicting the effects of starvation that Gabriel Rappeport, a resident of Kherson, took in and around the city during the 1920s famine. These photographs were later included in a museum about the famine which he established upon the recommendation of local officials.

During the 1920’s, many photographs were taken which 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 because the existence of famine was officially denied. Furthermore, photography during the 1930s 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.

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
The original photograph is held by: Херсонський обласний краєзнавчий музей (Kherson Regional Museum), Kherson, Ukraine.

Please also see Related Features at right for further information and a biographical note on the photographer, Gabriel Rappeport.
Inscriptions
“Типы голодных из палаты обреченных (Нарбольница 1), Фото 2.” [Examples of the starving in the house of the doomed (People’s Hospital No. 1), photo 2.]
Date of Original
1921-1922
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD806
Collection
Select 1920s famine photos from Ukraine and Russia
Language of Item
English; Russian
Geographic Coverage
  • Kherson, Ukraine
    Latitude: 46.65581 Longitude: 32.6178
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Date
1922
Copyright Holder
unknown
Recommended Citation
Rappeport, Gabriel.“Tipy golodnykh iz palaty obrechennykh (Narbol'nitsa 1), Foto 2.”1921-1922. in "Golodomor 1922 goda v g. Khersone. Al'bom G. Rappeporta."
http://photo.bazar.nikolaev.ua/foto/iz-arhivov-kraevedcheskogo-muzeya/golodomor-1922-goda-v-g-hersone-albom-g-rappeporta.html Accessed March 20, 2020.
Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636256/data
Location of Original
Original photograph used in the cited publications held by: Херсонський обласний краєзнавчий музей (Kherson Regional Museum).
For copy from the original photograph, contact the Museum: http://hokm.ks.ua/kontakti.html
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced from the online publication cited above. Permission pending.
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Non-Holodomor: An emaciated child stands for the photographer by her hospital bed in Kherson, Ukraine


One of an extensive series of photographs depicting the effects of starvation that Gabriel Rappeport, a resident of Kherson, took in and around the city during the 1920s famine. These photographs were later included in a museum about the famine which he established upon the recommendation of local officials.

During the 1920’s, many photographs were taken which 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 because the existence of famine was officially denied. Furthermore, photography during the 1930s 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.

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.