Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

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The former Museum of the Revolution opens its archives to show portraits of children who had to suffer two wars, hunger and poverty. The collection has been forming since the 1920s and now it has at least 180 thousand photos and 160 thousand negatives.

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow, 1920. The strongest children of their time. According to different sources, in the early 1920s Russia had from 4 to 7 million kids deprived of homes and parents.

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1922

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Odessa 1928

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Archangelsk, 1920s

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1922

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Samara, 1930

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1928 – registration of homeless children

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Listening to the radio, Moscow 1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Lessons in Moscow 1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1926

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Stavropol 1921-1922

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Volga region, 1921

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Moscow 1926

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

1925

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Volga region, 1921

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Volga region, 1921

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Volga region, 1921

Soviet Waifs of the 1920s

Volga region, 1921

5 thoughts on “Soviet Waifs of the 1920s”

    • Those children were not hit by “the revolution”. They were struck by war. Fathers died, mothers died and families and homes were destroyed. War was freely inflicted upon the people of Russia by powerful people the world over. Their children did not suffer for it.

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  1. Something that isn’t mentioned is how many of these orphans who survived joined or formed gangs and became some of the most brutal criminals in the soviet union.

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