The Great Famine

The Great Famine

DVD - 2011
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When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by a new Secretary of Commerce, 'The Great Humanitarian' Herbert Hoover, an operation hailed for its efficiency, grit, and generosity.


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Sep 22, 2014

This was above average, as per usual with PBS, but I should have read the description more closely. I had thought it was about the causes of the famine and the internal political reaction to it, so the actual gist of the program was interesting but not really what I was looking for - but that's my fault. Made me want to learn more about Herbert Hoover, though.

Feb 12, 2014

Got this while the Sochi winter games of 2014 was going on.
Shocked that this happened 90 years ago.
Some of the images were hard to watch, and were gruesome to bear.
In a way I found it strange that America helped Europe in a great time of crisis, but Europe didn't help us in the Great Depression a few years later down the road.
Very informative of the hardships of a country that in the past was dying and now is flourishing.

Jun 26, 2012

doc - unbelievable poverty and food conditions world round but specifically in Russia. It's no stretch of the imagination how we got to the agricultural giant we are today.

May 01, 2012

A fascinating look at the causes of a horrific famine in Russia as well as the roadblocks and political games to correcting it, and the political consequences of giving aid to Russia in the 20's when the dustbowl 30's depression arrived at home. Watch this, you won't regret it!

kevfarley Jan 19, 2012

Brought up in the midst of the Cold War,.. I had NO IDEA that anything like this had ever happened !!
Must viewing for history buffs.


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May 01, 2012

Other: Viewers may find images of the starving children disturbing.

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