The Great Famine, written and produced by Austin Hoyt, Emmy Award nominee, will premiere on April 6, 2011, at 7:30 pm at the Lane History Corner, Bldg 200, Room 002, Stanford University. This event is free and open to the public.
This one-hour documentary, part of the PBS series American Experience, chronicles Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover’s 1921 campaign against starvation and disease that saved millions of lives in Soviet Russia. By the summer of 1922, Americans were feeding nearly eleven million Soviet citizens a day in 19,000 kitchens. The film is based on the book The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 by Hoover Institution research fellow Bertrand Patenaude, who researched the book in the Hoover Archives. Click here for a Stanford news report about the the 1921–23 famine.