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Don't be fooled: this photo is not about the Holodomor of 1932-33

This text is a critique of the publication of a photograph that purports to show the Holodomor of the 1930s in Ukraine, but in fact does not refer to that tragic period of our history at all. We argue that the photo actually belongs to a completely different time and place, and we also want to warn about the possible misuse of such publications by Russia, which is trying to deny the fact of the artificial famine in Soviet Ukraine.

Contrary to certain claims, this photograph has no connection to the territory of Ukraine or the period of 1932-33. 




This is the second attempt to share the photo. It had to be cropped. Our account was restricted access to the original.

Accounts of the tragic Holodomor of 1932-33, characterized as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, often come paired with questionable photos. Below this post, you can see a recent example.

Individuals have the tendency to hastily Google and save the first images they find, as evidenced in a previous case.

However, a straightforward image search reveals that this particular photo dates back to 1921 or 1922, capturing a family amidst the famine that plagued the Naddolzhia Region during that time. It’s situated adjacent to the Volga River in the RSFSR.

It’s not possible to pinpoint the exact city or village, though some sources suggest it could be in the Orenburg Region.

The Radio Liberty website attributes the photo to “a starving family the village of Asekeevo in modern Tatarstan, 1921

English-language Wikipedia describes the photo as follows, “Famine, Buzuluk (on the Samara River) in the Orenburg Oblast (RSFSR). This photo is often misused (mostly without any captions or references to sources) to depict the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross’s photo archive suggests that the Russian Red Cross likely captured the image in 1922, underlining that it depicts a starving family in Russia without specifying the region.

You should know and understand that such unverified articles in Russia are often used to cast doubt on the authenticity of the genocide, dismissing the fact that the Holodomor was an artificially created event aimed at purposefully exterminating Ukrainians  small logo

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Halyna Dolynna
Halyna Dolynna
editor of the English texts
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