Holodomor Digital Collections
An empty, broken-down farmhouse in Ukraine
Description
Creator
Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Description
An empty farmhouse stands by the road, its roof disintegrating.

In his memoir, Wienerberger recalls visiting a Ukrainian village in the spring. “Es war einfach graussig; mir fehlen dir Worte, um das Entsetzen, das sich dem Beschauer bot, zu schildern. Die Hälfte der Häuser war unbewohnt ...[und] Ratten, die bei hellichtem Tage die herumliegenden ausgemergelten Leichen benagten. Die wenigen Überlebenden hatten nicht mehr die Kraft, ihre Toten zu beerdigen.” [It was just gruesome; I have no words to describe the horror that presented itself to the beholder. Half of the houses were uninhabited…[and]rats in broad daylight gnawed the emaciated corpses lying around. The few survivors no longer had the strength to bury their dead.](Hart auf hart, p.185.)
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.161.

For further details and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Caption: “Verlassenes Bauernhaus in der Ukraine, dessen Bewohner 1933 Hungers gestorben sind” [Abandoned farmhouse in Ukraine, whose inhabitants had died of starvation in 1933]
Date of Original
spring-summer 1933
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD119
Collection
Alexander Wienerberger: Beyond the Innitzer album
Language of Item
German
Geographic Coverage
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. “Verlassenes Bauernhaus in der Ukraine, dessen Bewohner 1933 Hungers gestorben sind.” Hart auf hart. 15 Jahre Ingenieur in Sowjetrussland. Ein Tatsachenbericht. Salzburg, Leipzig: Pustet, 1939. f.p.161. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636253/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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An empty, broken-down farmhouse in Ukraine


An empty farmhouse stands by the road, its roof disintegrating.

In his memoir, Wienerberger recalls visiting a Ukrainian village in the spring. “Es war einfach graussig; mir fehlen dir Worte, um das Entsetzen, das sich dem Beschauer bot, zu schildern. Die Hälfte der Häuser war unbewohnt ...[und] Ratten, die bei hellichtem Tage die herumliegenden ausgemergelten Leichen benagten. Die wenigen Überlebenden hatten nicht mehr die Kraft, ihre Toten zu beerdigen.” [It was just gruesome; I have no words to describe the horror that presented itself to the beholder. Half of the houses were uninhabited…[and]rats in broad daylight gnawed the emaciated corpses lying around. The few survivors no longer had the strength to bury their dead.](Hart auf hart, p.185.)