Holodomor
Young well dressed boy stands near a famine victim lying at the edge of a sidewalk in Kharkiv
Description
Creator
Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Photograph albums
Description
A victim of starvation lies on the sidewalk of a side street in Kharkiv. The man is in a coat; his bare feet hang over on to the street. Nearby, a young boy dressed in a stylish coat appears to halt, with his head turned away as he approaches the body. It is unclear why he hesitates – is it distress? Is he waiting for an adult or companion to accompany him?

Context note: The fate of Ukraine’s rural migrants in the cities

Children as witnesses to Holodomor related death
Notes
Photo taken between spring – late summer, 1933.

Photo source: Wienerberger, Alexander. Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933; also known as the Innitzer Album, 1934. p.15.

This is one of 25 photographs depicting life and death in and around Kharkiv during the Holodomor that the photographer put together in a small album with a handwritten title: Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933 [The Tragedy of Famine in South Russia 1933.] He presented the album to the Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodor Innitzer of Vienna in 1934 as an expression of appreciation for the Cardinal’s efforts in trying to organize an international campaign to assist the victims of starvation in 1933. The album is housed in the collections of the Diözesanarchiv, Vienna, Austria.

For related photo, essays, and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features below photo and Home page menus.
Inscriptions
Handwritten caption in album: “In den Gassen.” [In the lanes.]
Date of Original
1933
Date Of Event
1933
Dimensions
Width: 24 cm
Height: 13.8 cm
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 10.8cm
Image Height: 7.9cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD16
Collection
Alexander Wienerberger: Innitzer album
Language of Item
German
Geographic Coverage
  • Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Latitude: 49.98081 Longitude: 36.25272
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder
Samara Pearce https://www.samarapearce.com/
Recommended Citation
Wienerberger, Alexander. Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933: Album Presented by the Photographer to Cardinal Theodor Innitzer of Vienna. Vienna: Diözesanarchiv der Erzdiözese, [1934]. p.15. Retrieved
from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636383/data
Location of Original
Diözesanarchiv - Bibliothek, Vienna, Austria. Please contact this archive for official reproductions.
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 and the Diözesanarchiv - Bibliothek, Vienna, Austria.
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Young well dressed boy stands near a famine victim lying at the edge of a sidewalk in Kharkiv


A victim of starvation lies on the sidewalk of a side street in Kharkiv. The man is in a coat; his bare feet hang over on to the street. Nearby, a young boy dressed in a stylish coat appears to halt, with his head turned away as he approaches the body. It is unclear why he hesitates – is it distress? Is he waiting for an adult or companion to accompany him?

Context note: The fate of Ukraine’s rural migrants in the cities

Children as witnesses to Holodomor related death