A man with an amputated foot stands watching a line of people waiting in one of Kharkiv’s marketplaces
- Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
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- In the foreground, Wienerberger presents a young to middle-aged man leaning on a cane. His left leg is raised off the ground, showing an amputated and still bandaged foot. His bare left arm pokes through a torn jacket sleeve. He stands looking in the direction of a crowd of people standing in line near one of Kharkiv’s marketplaces. Most of the disabled were not employed. Those who did not work, were not issued food ration cards.
The caption to this photo reads, “and their victims,” referring back to a previous page with a photo of an over-crowded streetcar (See PD143). Whether this person did in fact acquire his injuries from a streetcar accident may be a matter for conjecture. Wienerberger did however emphasize the frequency of such accidents in his memoir, Hart auf Hart. Not far from the man in the foreground, a youth appears to be staring intently at the photographer. Because photography of the destitute and of any kind of lines of people waiting was strictly forbidden, the youth may have been signalling disapproval or a warning to Wienerberger. SEE: Restriction of Photography (in Directory Introductory Essay)
Context note: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933; A Brief Synopsis
the availability and distribution of food in urban areas…
- Photo taken between spring – late summer, 1933.
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.
Hart auf hart was Alexander Wienerberger’s memoir of his career as a chemical engineer and technical manager in the Soviet Union through most of 1917 – 1933. Three of the chapters deal exclusively with his period in Ukraine, where he was tasked with retrofitting and managing a factory in Kharkiv from autumn 1932 – late summer 1933.
As stated in the title, the memoir includes 52 of his photos; however, only those from Ukraine are included in this Directory. The book was initially serialized with 7 photographs in an Austrian newspaper, the Salzburger Volksblatt, as “Abenteuer in Sowjetrussland,” [Adventures in Soviet Russia] in late 1938.
For essays and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features below photo and Home page menus.
- Caption: “Und ihre Opfer….” [And their victims]
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Image Width: 5.5cm
Image Height: 8cm
- Local identifier
- Alexander Wienerberger: Beyond the Innitzer album
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Latitude: 49.98081 Longitude: 36.25272
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- Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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- Samara Pearce https://www.samarapearce.com/
- Recommended Citation
- 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. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636244/data
- Location of Original
- Location of original photograph reproduced in this publication is unknown.
- 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.