Deliverance: America and the Famine in Soviet Russia, 1921-1923
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch, IA
Deliverance tells the story of one of the greatest humanitarian efforts in history, with Herbert Hoover and the American Relief Administration’s (ARA) providing food and medical relief during the Soviet famine of 1921-19232.
Starting with a mandate to feed one million children, by the summer of 1922, the ARA was feeding a daily meal to nearly 11 million people. They had to overcome a series of unique challenges: a broken-down railroad system, replacing horses with camels and raw manpower, time pressure to distribute seeds in time for spring planting, medical supplies to fight severe hunger related diseases, and the fact that almost none of the workers spoke Russian.
The scale of the operation was enormous, 768 million tons of food was shipped and distributed from 21,000 ARA kitchens. 125,000 medical packages helped supply 16,000 hospitals.
This exhibit is being guest curated by Bertrand M. Patenaude, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Regular Museum Admission fees apply, see more at www.hoover.archives.gov
American Relief Administration poster.
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