The Russia Famine Project


"The Russia Famine Project" is the story of the work of the American Relief Administration (ARA) to combat starvation in the new Soviet Russia from 1921-23. It will focus on two ARA volunteers and the obstacles they overcame: a dilapidated Russian transportation system, obstructionism by the Bolshevik government, unforgiving weather, and the emotional hurdles of dealing with dying children. In the background are the distrust and the political agendas of an ardent anti-communist, the ARA's director Herbert Hoover, and the leader of Russia's new regime, Vladimir Lenin. It is also the story of how two countries overcame their ideological barriers to cooperate on a vitally important project.

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