Holodomor
Many people standing and waiting around a closed store selling rationed food in a Kharkiv marketplace
Description
Creator
Wienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Book illustrations
Photographs
Description
A large crowd of people press in together as they wait to get entry into what is most likely a store for getting food allotted on one’s ration card. The photographer states that these people are waiting for black bread –the inferior quality of bread that was available at the time. In his memoir, he also mentions that several shops opened in Kharkiv in 1933 where bread could be purchased at greatly inflated prices in rubles, without a ration card. It is possible that this establishment was this kind of store, instead. (see more details below).

Although it is not clearly visible from the photograph, Wienerberger also points out that the gable above the storefront still displays the faded depiction of lush fruits – an ironic reminder of what was once available at the market. Kharkiv historians believe this location may have been the well-known Благовіщенський (Blahovishchensʹkyy) bazaar, which was completely destroyed during WWII.
For another view of this location that was included in the Innitzer Album see PD4: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636355/data

For further information on: Availability and access to food in urban and industrial areas, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Photo source: Wienerberger, Alexander. Hart auf hart. 15 Jahre Ingenieur in Sowjetrussland. Ein Tatsachenbericht; mit 52 Original-Leicaaufnahmen des Verfassers. Salzburg, Leipzig: Pustet, 1939. f.p.112.

For further details and a listing of originals and versions published through 1939 with their captions, see Related Features at right.
Inscriptions
Caption: “Schlange um Brot am Charkower Markt 1933. Am Giebel des geschlossenen Ladens – wie ein Hohn – die üppigen Früchte, die einst hier verkauft wurden.” [Bread lines at the Kharkiv Market 1933. The gable of the closed shop – like a mockery – depicts lush fruits, such as were once available for purchase here.]
Date of Original
spring-summer 1933
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD128
Collection
Alexander Wienerberger: Beyond the Innitzer album
Language of Item
German
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
Samara Pearce https://www.samarapearce.com/
Recommended Citation
Wienerberger, Alexander. 1933. “Schlange um Brot am Charkower Markt 1933. Am Giebel des geschlossenen Ladens – wie ein Hohn – die üppigen Früchte, die einst hier verkauft wurden.”Hart auf hart. 15 Jahre Ingenieur in Sowjetrussland. Ein Tatsachenbericht. By Alexander Wienerberger. Salzburg, Leipzig: Pustet, 1939. f.p. 112. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636259/data
Location of Original
Location of original photograph reproduced in this publication is unknown.
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. Source: Book cited in NOTES above.
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Many people standing and waiting around a closed store selling rationed food in a Kharkiv marketplace


A large crowd of people press in together as they wait to get entry into what is most likely a store for getting food allotted on one’s ration card. The photographer states that these people are waiting for black bread –the inferior quality of bread that was available at the time. In his memoir, he also mentions that several shops opened in Kharkiv in 1933 where bread could be purchased at greatly inflated prices in rubles, without a ration card. It is possible that this establishment was this kind of store, instead. (see more details below).

Although it is not clearly visible from the photograph, Wienerberger also points out that the gable above the storefront still displays the faded depiction of lush fruits – an ironic reminder of what was once available at the market. Kharkiv historians believe this location may have been the well-known Благовіщенський (Blahovishchensʹkyy) bazaar, which was completely destroyed during WWII.
For another view of this location that was included in the Innitzer Album see PD4: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636355/data

For further information on: Availability and access to food in urban and industrial areas, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.