The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine, 1932-1933 (Holodomor)
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"Famine in the Soviet Union, 1921-1922 - Photographs and Postcards"
  

 

Card Mailed From Prague July 27, 1928.

"Russia Restituenda"

This original, printed, poster type postcard from the early 1920's shows the widely known "Famine Poster" created by the world famous artist Alphonse Mucha. Mucha was famous for his art nouveau style.

Mucha created this poster to raise funds for the famine relief efforts during the 1921-22 famine in the Soviet Union which included much of Ukraine. Poster-type postcards showing the poster were made and sold to raise Soviet famine relief funds.

Mucha was from Prague but spent considerable time in Paris and then returned to Czechoslovakia. Mucha (1860-1939) was among the first arrested by the Gestapo when the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia. The arrest was contributed to his declining health.He released but died shortly thereafter. The Mucha museum in Prague is housed in the 18th Century Kaunitz Palace.


 

FAMINE IN RUSSIA. I.
DEATH FROM FAMINE WITH HIS LAST BIT OF STRENGTH HE HUDDLED HIMSELF UP IN THE CORNER OF THE RUINS TO DIE THERE. THE HELP ARRIVED TOO LATE! MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WILL DIE SUCH DEATH IF THEY ARE NOT HELPED.


(Printed postcard from Geneva raising funds for the famine victims)(Private Collection)

   

Famine In Russia II
Young Girl In Rags


Gathering at the Saratov Railway Station Precious Grains That Fell Down Out From
The Sacks That Have Just Been Unloaded (Card published in Geneva)

   

Famine In Russia III
    TWO STAGES OF FAMINE:

The children were down to skin and bones, with swollen stomachs (it is caused by grass, peels, worms, sod dirt). These children cannot be saved, it is too late. In order to save them, they had to be fed before this degree of exhaustion.

(Original brown-tone printed postcard published in Geneva and other cities to raise funds for the relief effort during 1921-1923. This is card number 3 of the set)

   
   

FAMINE IN RUSSIA IV.
SAVE!

This child was at death's door when he was found by us. Help us to save others!

(Original brown-tone printed postcard from Europe which were sold to raise famine relief funds in the early 1920's)

   

Famine In Russia V.
 A GROUP OF STARVING

Starving Children From Saratov Region Are On Their Way To The Town Where They Will Have, From The Special "Kitchens" Set Up For The Starving, Good Warm Food.

(Original brown-tone printed postcard published in Geneva and other cities in Europe to raise funds for those starving in the Soviet Union in 1921-1923, This is card number 5 of the set.)

 

  Famine In Russia VI
THOSE WHOM FAMINE WON'T TORTURE ANY MORE

It was a cart on which every day those who died were taken to the cemetary. A coffin often contained three children's corpses. Once being emptied into the common pit, the connins were taken away back to the town and filled again.
Printed postcard published in Geneva by a Commission for Providing Assistance To Those Starving In Russia.

   

FAMINE IN RUSSIA VII.
THOSE WHO WON'T FACE FAMINE

Committees of the U.I.S.E. feed 250.000 children of Saratov region. One shilling (a little bit more than 1 franc defended by gold) is enough for feeding one child during a week. One pound sterling (22 francs defended by gold) is enough till summer for saving his life. Save it!

(U.I.S.E., International Union For Support Children--Printed browntown postcard to

raise funds, printed in Geneva--private collection)

 

 

Famine In Russia VIII
     Nansen


The High Commissioner F. Nansen is watching unloading of the train with grain for the students of Saratov University. Near him is M. L. Webster, who manages the whole operation for the Save The Children Fund in Saratov Region.

 

Swiss Youth Movement
A Branch of the Swiss Committee of the International Union for Saving Children, Lausanne

Famine in Russia IX
"Alone in the World"

 


Printed by the Prague student commission (or committee) for the aid to the starving of Russia and Ukraine

HILFE DEN HUNGERNDEN RUSSLANDS AND UKRAINES!
HELP THE STARVING IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE


This is a very rare printed, black and white postcard published in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in the early 1920's. The postcard was used to raise funds for those who were starving in the Russian and Ukrainian famines of 1921-1923, during th e early years of the Soviet Union. On the front of the postcard in Czech, Russian, Ukrainian and German (top to bottom, left to right) is "Help The Starving In Russia and Ukraine." This is the first postcard from the 1921-1923 famine we have found that mentions Ukraine in addition to mentioning Russia.

Also on the front of the postcard is the name of the artist for the famine illustration but we have not been able to identify the name. If anyone knows who the artist is that created this illustration or has additional information about this postcard please contact us.

On the back of the postcard in Czech: Printed by the Prague student commission (or committee) for the aid to the starving of Russia and Ukraine. If anyone has information about this commission or committee please contact us. We do not know if this organization issued additional postcards, flyers, posters, leaflets, etc. in regards to raising funds for the victims of starvation in Russia and Ukraine.

The original postcard is held in the private collection of the ArtUkraine Information Service (ARTUIS), Kyiv, Ukraine and Washington, D.C.


 FAMINE IN RUSSIA.
The Corner Of The Cemetary In      Wasted Country.

"If the Governments of Europe agreed to assist them on their demand in October 1921, all those starving would have been saved."     NANSEN

(Original Postcard Published In Brussels To Raise Funds For The Famine Relief Efforts by a Famine Relief Committee. Mr. Nansen was from Norway and was appointed the High Commissioner for the Soviet Famine Relief effort. See the other material about Mr. Nansen published on ArtUkraine.com)

 

 
 

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