Soviet Health Commissar's summer residence in Crimea
- Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
- Media Type
- Item Type
- The photographer shows a former palace that had been converted into a summer residence for the top Health Minister of the USSR.
Crimea, a part of Soviet Russia at the time, was a popular location for sanatoriums and holiday resorts available to Communist party officials, with some reserved as a reward for high performance workers and foreign consultants and their families.
Wienerberger's wife became ill in 1933 and was allowed to go to health sanatorium in Crimea. She reported to her husband that there was barely enough to eat. As described in his memoir, he quickly bought some provisions at a Torgsin and threatened a postal official in order to get the package delivered to her.
Overwhelmed by the stresses endured in Kharkiv, Wienerberger also spent a brief period of time in Crimea to recuperate at the conclusion of his assignment in the autumn of 1933.
- Wienerberger took many photographs while in Crimea. Most depicted the beautiful scenery and the palatial architecture from earlier centuries. The photo appearing in the Red album, represented here, also appeared in two publications in 1934-1935 (see Photo History in menu under the photo).
The captions for those photos offer the specific information used to describe and name the photo in this Directory, namely that the palatial residence was the Kramar castle in Crimea, the Soviet Health Commissar's summer residence.
- Caption on Red album page: "Krim, wie bist Du schön!" [Crimea, how beautiful you are!]
- Date of Original
- Image Dimensions
Image Width: 13.8cm
Image Height: 9.1cm
- Local identifier
- Geographic Coverage
Republic of Crimea, Ukraine
Latitude: 45 Longitude: 34
- 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.19b. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3657591/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.