Young urban workers helping to harvest grain at a model collective farm pose for the photographer
- Williams, Whiting, 1878-1975, Photographer
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- This scene was taken when Williams was visiting a collective farm as part of an official tour. Most of the women visible in the photo are fresh recruits from a city, “volunteered” temporarily from among students or urban office workers, among them Komsomol members. Because so many farmers had died and those remaining were often too weak from hunger to work, many such urban work brigades were sent out across Ukraine for the 1933 harvest. In this group, a young farm boy stands with them, and an older woman member of the collective farm stands further back.
Unaccustomed to such work and fed the barely subsistence level rations given the collective farm workers, Williams was told confidentially that many of these volunteers became seriously ill by the end of their assignment, and some never recovered.
- Photo taken August, 1933.
This photo was later published with the second of 2 articles by Whiting Williams in a London weekly titled Answers: Williams, Whiting. “Why Russia is Hungry,” March 3, 1934, p.3.
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The original photograph and the published version are both shown.
- Caption on back of original photograph: “A ‘brigade’ of ‘voluntary’ office workers from the city endeavoring to make up for the lack of farm workers.”
Caption under photo in Answers: “'Volunteer’ harvesters on one of the farms. Many of the peasants are dead or in exile, and large numbers of those who remain are too weak and ill to do any real work.”
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- for original: [caption ]; [Container 1, Folder 9 ] PG 89 Whiting Williams Photographs, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3634245/data
for published version: Williams, Whiting. “Why Russia is Hungry,” Answers (weekly). London, March 3, 1934, p.3. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3634245/image/4224341
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- [Container 1, Folder 9 ] PG 89 Whiting Williams Photographs, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
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