Page from a songbook compiled by Tomasz Boszko in Northampton, PA. Undated, likely 1920s.

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Baggage tag from Atlantic crossing. 1950. Oleksii Balabas Papers.

Letter to Oleksii Balabas from a relative in Krasnodar, Kuban (detail). July 31, 1933.

This is one of two letters in the Balabas Papers that provide a first-hand personal account of the Holodomor. This letter thanks Oleksii for the hard currency which he sent, and tells how they used it to purchase flour (which was otherwise unavailable). The underlined sentence at the bottom of the image reads: "It has been two years since we have seen anything made out of dough."