American Experience: The Great Famine (2011)

In the wake of World War I, there was an American relief effort organized by Herbert Hoover to save the starving Russians. This makes Herbert Hoover the man who saved the most lives of anyone in history. The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. 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.

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3 thoughts on “American Experience: The Great Famine (2011)”

  1. The interesting thing about this is that Hoover’s opponents and Hoover in hindsight, found out that feeding a bunch of hungry Russians cemented Lenin in power.

  2. The little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet Russia in 1921, The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Five million Russians died. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration known as the ARA.

  3. It seems to be politically correct these days to paint the United States as the “Great Satan”, but I’m proud of her most of the time.

    Americans are good folks. I’ve talked to a million people in my life. Most of you are cool.

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