Holodomor Digital Collections
Crowds of rural residents near the Kharkiv railway station waiting for a chance to take a train
Description
Creator
Abbe, James, 1883-1973, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
A large number of families and individuals are seen standing, sleeping and otherwise waiting with their belongings across a large area near the train station. The family in the foreground - father, mother and child - appear fast asleep amid the rubble of construction nearby. Photography near train stations was expressly forbidden and Abbe was arrested for taking this photo. Fortunately, he was able to contrive a way to save the negatives.

For further information on: The fate of Ukraine's rural migrants in the cities, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Source: James Abbe Archive, No. 1147.
A version with "Forbidden" stamped across the photograph was published in: Abbe, James. I Photograph Russia. New York: R. M. McBride, 1934, f.p.53. See: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3684747/data
Inscriptions
Caption on back of photo: “FORBIDDEN. Kharkov. Peasants waiting for a train. Abbe arrested for this.”
Caption in I Photograph Russia: "FORBIDDEN. I was arrested for taking this railway scene. Starved peasants wait weeklong for trains to some objective they vainly imagine is the Promised Land where they may find enough food to keep alive."
Date of Original
1932
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD230
Collection
James Abbe Collection
Geographic Coverage
  • Kharkiv, Ukraine
    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
The James Abbe Archive. https://www.jamesabbe.com/
Recommended Citation
Abbe, James. 1932. "Forbidden. Kharkov. Peasants waiting for a train. Abbe arrested for this." James Abbe Archive, No. 1147. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636396/data
Location of Original
The James Abbe Archive. No. 1147. For reproductions from the original, contact https://www.jamesabbe.com/licensing/
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced courtesy of The James Abbe Archive.
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Crowds of rural residents near the Kharkiv railway station waiting for a chance to take a train


A large number of families and individuals are seen standing, sleeping and otherwise waiting with their belongings across a large area near the train station. The family in the foreground - father, mother and child - appear fast asleep amid the rubble of construction nearby. Photography near train stations was expressly forbidden and Abbe was arrested for taking this photo. Fortunately, he was able to contrive a way to save the negatives.

For further information on: The fate of Ukraine's rural migrants in the cities, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.