Famine in the Volga region of the 1920s through the eyes of German colonists
Based on the analysis of the letters from German colonists to the German-language newspaper Die Welt-Post, published in Lincoln in the United States, the article brings to light the colonists’ perception of socio-economic and political events in the Volga colonies in the early 1920s. The study of letters made it possible to show the scale of the tragedy and the attitude of Germans to what was happening. The author identifies several problems that worried them: deficit of foodstuff or clothing which was compensated for by selling or exchanging their belongings. In addition, they experienced a certain information vacuum which they wanted to fill through books, magazines and newspapers received from relatives and friends.
Keywords: famine, German colonists, Volga Region, Soviet Russia, newspaper Die Welt-Post
For citation: Erokhina O.V. Golod v Povolzh’ye 1920-kh godov glazami nemetskikh kolonistov [Famine in the Volga region of the 1920s through the eyes of German colonists]. Istoricheskaya etnologiya, 2022, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 221–227. https://doi.org/10.22378/he.2022-7-2.221-227 (In Russian)
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About the author: Olga V. Erokhina, Dr. Sc. (History), Professor of the Department of History of Russia, Institute of History and Politics, Moscow Pedagogical State University (88, Vernadsky Ave., Moscow 119571, Russian Federation); firstname.lastname@example.org
Received May 28, 2022 Accepted for publication August 8, 2022
Published Online November 23, 2022