Holodomor Digital Collections
A young boy with a swollen face and a very thin girl, begging in Kharkiv
Description
Creator
Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Description
Two young children pose awkwardly for the camera. The caption to the photograph states that the children were begging near the train station in Kharkiv. The young boy’s face is unnaturally swollen. Swelling is a common symptom of advanced starvation, particularly in the legs, abdomen, or face; but the swelling could be the result of severe infection as well. Both children appear destitute and exhausted, particularly the young girl.

For further information on: Homeless children and children as victims, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Photo source: Wienerberger, Alexander. Hart auf hart. 15 Jahre Ingenieur in Sowjetrussland. Ein Tatsachenbericht; mit 52 Original-Leicaaufnahmen des Verfassers. Salzburg, Leipzig: Pustet, 1939. f.p.17.

For further details and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Caption: “Halbverhungerte Kinder betteln auf einer Bahnstation. Man beachte das vor Hunger geschwollene Gesicht des Jungen, die ausgemergelte Brust des Mädchens” [Half-starved children beg at the train station. One can notice the boy’s face swollen from starvation, the girl’s emaciated chest.]
Date of Original
spring-summer 1933
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD112
Collection
Alexander Wienerberger: Beyond the Innitzer album
Language of Item
German
Geographic Coverage
  • Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 49.98081 Longitude: 36.25272
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder
Samara Pearce https://www.samarapearce.com/
Recommended Citation
Wienerberger, Alexander.1933. “Halbverhungerte Kinder betteln auf einer Bahnstation. Man beachte das vor Hunger geschwollene Gesicht des Jungen, die ausgemergelte Brust des Mädchens.” Hart auf hart. 15 Jahre Ingenieur in Sowjetrussland. Ein Tatsachenbericht. Salzburg, Leipzig: Pustet, 1939. f.p.17. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636248/data
Location of Original
Location of original photograph reproduced in this publication is unknown.
Terms of Use
Rightsholder requests that the name of the photographer, Alexander Wienerberger, accompany each authentic reproduction of his work.
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced with the permission of rightsholder Samara Pearce. Source: Book cited in NOTES above.
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A young boy with a swollen face and a very thin girl, begging in Kharkiv


Two young children pose awkwardly for the camera. The caption to the photograph states that the children were begging near the train station in Kharkiv. The young boy’s face is unnaturally swollen. Swelling is a common symptom of advanced starvation, particularly in the legs, abdomen, or face; but the swelling could be the result of severe infection as well. Both children appear destitute and exhausted, particularly the young girl.

For further information on: Homeless children and children as victims, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.