View of Derzhprom, the massive new government complex housing state industry headquarters in Kharkiv
- Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
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- Photograph albums
- This building complex, named Derzhprom ( Держпром; Госпром in Russian) was designed and built in the late 1920’s to provide Kharkiv, the newly designated capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic an appropriately impressive, innovative Soviet style structure for the administrative offices of its numerous government owned industries, or “trusts,” as well as other government departments. Wienerberger writes in his memoir, Hart auf Hart, that many of the largest Soviet factories were fronts for military armaments production. Therefore, his caption makes a cynical reference to the buildings as representing the Soviet government’s preparation for war. Note the contrast with the very simply dressed people in the foreground and the general lack of vehicles and activity in the vicinity.
(See also Entry PD 138 and Entry PD 208.)
Soviet state power and the elites
- 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 Unpublished and undated album in the private collection of Samara Pearce.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.11b.
This personal album, Das Arbeiterparadies. U.d.S.S.R [The Workers’ Paradise. U.S.S.R.], 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.
For essays and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features below photo and Home page menus.
- Handwritten caption on photo: “Kriegsrüstung (Charkow)” [War preparation (Kharkiv) ]
- Date of Original
- Date Of Event
Width: 31 cm
Height: 23.6 cm
- Image Dimensions
Image Width: 24cm
Image Height: 14.5cm
- Local identifier
- Alexander Wienerberger: Beyond the Innitzer album
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- Geographic Coverage
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. Das Arbeiterparadies. U.d.S.S.R. (also known as the Red Album). Private collection of Samara Pearce, n.d. p.11b. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636334/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.