When the United States Fed Soviet Russia

September 4, 2011
Russian children fed by U.S. agricultural aid
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Russian children were fed by U.S. agricultural aid

The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. It tells the little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet Russia in 1921. Five million Soviet citizens died. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration. The film, produced and directed by Austin Hoyt and co-produced Melissa Martin, premiered on PBS’s American Experience in April 2011.

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