Dubious Claims of Famine-Induced Cannibalism in the Soviet Union
At the Beginning of the 20th Century

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During the Russian famine in 1921 to 1922 and the Soviet famine in 1932 to 1933 there were documented accounts of cannibalism occurring.

Information came to the western world via foreign journalists and socialist sympathizers as publications became increasingly censored in the Soviet Union. Cannibalism is a matter for conjecture, because it is frequently alluded to, but rarely observed. The evidence provided in each case is often ambiguous or lost in translation as the information is filtered through many sources before reaching its audience.

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This web page is a creation of Sarah Duryea for course LIS 650 (created April 2011), LIU-Palmer School of Library Science based on a paper written during undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005.

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