Holodomor Digital Collections
Mass grave burial site on the outskirts of Kharkiv with a gravedigger at work
Description
Creator
Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Photograph albums
Description
An open field on the edge of the city has been transformed into a site for anonymous mass graves. Large numbers of unidentified victims of the raging famine were picked up each day in Kharkiv. A gravedigger pauses to look at the photographer. Houses and other buildings can be seen in the background. A similar scene is shown in PD23 (http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636393/data )

For further information on: Death and burial of famine victims in the city, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Photo source: Wienerberger, Alexander. Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933; also known as the Innitzer Album, 1934. p.21.

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 essays and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see menus at right.

Inscriptions
Handwritten caption in album: “Massengräber für die Verhungerten.” [Mass graves for the victims of starvation.]
Date of Original
spring-summer1933
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 10.8cm
Image Height: 7.9cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD22
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. 1933. “Massengräber für die Verhungerten,” in: Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933. Vienna: Diözesanarchiv der Erzdiözese, [1934]. p.21. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636403/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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Mass grave burial site on the outskirts of Kharkiv with a gravedigger at work


An open field on the edge of the city has been transformed into a site for anonymous mass graves. Large numbers of unidentified victims of the raging famine were picked up each day in Kharkiv. A gravedigger pauses to look at the photographer. Houses and other buildings can be seen in the background. A similar scene is shown in PD23 (http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636393/data )

For further information on: Death and burial of famine victims in the city, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.