A man with disabilities is trying to cross a set of train tracks in Kharkiv
- Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
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- We see a man from behind as he is attempting to cross the first of two sets of railroad tracks. His clothes are tattered, and he is using a cane for support. He may be pausing to see if there are any scraps of food or something else of value that had been discarded from the train. On the other side, all that is visible is an uneven wooden fence with a pile of stone rubble. It is similar to the setting of Entry PD 11, where a group of homeless children are seated on a pile of stone rubble against a fence near railroad tracks. Perhaps this is a general area where some of the homeless congregate.
Most of the disabled were not employed. Those who did not work, were not issued food ration cards.
This is one of a series of four photos portraying individuals with disabilities that Wienerberger put together in the Red Album with a single caption: “and their victims.” This caption refers back to a previous page with 2 photos of crowded streetcars. Whether the individuals he photographed did in fact acquire their injuries from streetcar accidents, rather than from some other mishap may be a matter for conjecture. Wienerberger did however emphasize the frequency of such accidents in his memoir, Hart auf Hart. (see also Entries PD 132, PD 133, and PD 134).
Context note: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933; A Brief Synopsis
- Photo taken between spring – late summer, 1933.
Photo source: Wienerberger, Alexander. Das Arbeiterparadies. U.d.S.S.R. (also known as the Red Album). Unpublished and undated album in the private collection of Samara Pearce. p.20b.
This personal album has a subtitle written on the inside of the front cover: “Proletarien aller Länder vereinigt euch!....(im Massengrab.)” [Proletarians of all countries unite! ... (in the mass grave)]. Nicknamed the "Red" album because of its red cover, it contains photos from Kharkiv, Crimea, and Moscow taken 1933 through the winter 1933-1934. The Crimea and Moscow photos are not included in the Directory. They not only portray locations outside Ukraine’s political boundaries at that time but are primarily of a sight-seeing or personal nature.
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- Handwritten caption on page: “und ihre Opfer.” [and their victims.]
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Image Width: 5.5
Image Height: 8.5
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- 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. Das Arbeiterparadies. U.d.S.S.R. (also known as the Red Album). Private collection of Samara Pearce, n.d. p.20b. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636296/data
- Location of Original
- Private collection of Samara Pearce. Please contact Ms. Pearce for reproductions from the original.
- 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: Private collection of Samara Pearce.