Paris: Russian Zemstvos and Towns Relief Committee, . Octavo (23 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 30,  pp. Photo-illustrations throughout. Very good.
Published as part of a fundraising effort, this brochure of the All-Russian Zemstvos and Towns Union is focused on the education of Russian refugee children who were orphaned or fled Russia with their families during the Russian Civil War (1918–1922). Photographs of the Russian refugee children in émigré educational facilities in Constantinople, Prague, and Yugoslavia accompany the text. About two million individuals fled Russia in this period, most in difficult financial circumstances. Images of homeless children and those with severe medical needs illustrate the depth of the humanitarian crisis. The All-Russian Zemstvos and Towns Relief Committee was founded in Paris, in 1921 by members of the “White emigration” fleeing Russia after the Bolshevik revolution. It was headed by Prince George Lvov (1861–1925), and was one of the largest émigré aid and cultural organizations. Much of the funding for the organization came from subsidies from the Entente countries (Russian allies in WWI) and individual donations. Printed in English, this brochure provides statistical information and appeals to a broad range of potential donors. Scarce in the trade.
Book ID: P004252