Holodomor Digital Collections
A handful of youngsters stand near their homes built for workers at the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam
Description
Creator
Abbe, James, 1883-1973, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Item Types
Photographs
Book illustrations
Description
These youngsters look pleased to be photographed by Abbe alongside their tiny living quarters built into an embankment. We see blankets hanging outside, as well as bulky belongings stacked against the outside walls. The photograph was taken in 1932, the year the dam was officially opened, and most of the related construction completed. Therefore, it is likely this “temporary housing” has been around for several years. The buildings in the background probably served as offices for the higher level engineers, the worker’s canteens, or similar functions.

The building of the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam, the largest such structure in Europe, was a massive undertaking begun in 1927 that involved tens of thousands of workers. Because of chronic shortages in housing, food, and medical assistance, worker morale tended to be very low and turnover extremely high. Completion of the dam by the end of the first Five Year Plan was the goal, however, regardless of human cost.

For further information on: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Source: James Abbe Archive, No. 1137.
Also published in: Abbe, James. I Photograph Russia. New York: R. M. McBride, 1934, f.p.85.

Inscriptions
Caption on photo: [no caption.]
Caption in I Photograph Russia: "Be it ever so humble...This picture shows the homes of the workers on the Dnieperstroy dam and, his back turned, the child of one of them."
Date of Original
1932
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD232
Collection
James Abbe Collection
Geographic Coverage
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. [untitled] James Abbe Archive. No. 1137. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636398/data
Location of Original
The James Abbe Archive. For reproductions from the original, contact https://www.jamesabbe.com/licensing/
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced courtesy of The James Abbe Archive.
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A handful of youngsters stand near their homes built for workers at the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam


These youngsters look pleased to be photographed by Abbe alongside their tiny living quarters built into an embankment. We see blankets hanging outside, as well as bulky belongings stacked against the outside walls. The photograph was taken in 1932, the year the dam was officially opened, and most of the related construction completed. Therefore, it is likely this “temporary housing” has been around for several years. The buildings in the background probably served as offices for the higher level engineers, the worker’s canteens, or similar functions.

The building of the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam, the largest such structure in Europe, was a massive undertaking begun in 1927 that involved tens of thousands of workers. Because of chronic shortages in housing, food, and medical assistance, worker morale tended to be very low and turnover extremely high. Completion of the dam by the end of the first Five Year Plan was the goal, however, regardless of human cost.

For further information on: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.