Sofia: Pridvornaia tipografiia, 1922. Octavo (25.5 × 18.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 146, 15,  pp. Wrappers detached and chipped to spine; two perforations through block; internally about very good.
A comprehensive report of the activities of the Central Committee of the All-Russian Zemstvos Union, a humanitarian organization aiding Russian refugees during and after the Russian Civil War (1918–1922). The report provides the history of the organization and discusses a broad range of its activities, accompanied by statistical information, charts, and graphs. About two million individuals fled Russia during this period, most in difficult financial circumstances. Functioning as a kind of de facto “ministry of human affairs” in emigration, the All-Russian Zemstvos Union and the All-Russian Towns Union (Zemgor) worked to set up shelters, canteens, schools, orphanages, legal aid and employment offices for the refugees wherever they settled in significant numbers. Constantinople, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria were sites with the greatest initial concentration of refugees fleeing from the Crimea across the Black Sea, with this publication published in Sofia, Bulgaria. The organization was largely funded by subsidies from the Entente countries (Russian allies in WWI) and individual donations. A detailed fifteen-page budget of the organization is provided in the appendix. As of January 2020, KVK and OCLC show copies at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, UCL, Leeds, Harvard, Columbia, NYPL, Yale, Wisconsin, and the Hoover Institution.
Book ID: P5016