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Innitzer album dedication page

CreatorWienerberger, Alexander, 1891-1955, PhotographerMedia TypeImageTextItem TypePhotograph albumsDescriptionThis statement appears on the inside of the front cover to an album with the title: Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933 [The Tragedy of Famine in South Russia 1933.] Also known as “The Innitzer album,” it is a pocket sized album of photographs that the Austrian engineer Alexander Wienerberger had taken while he was working as a consultant in Kharkiv in 1933.

The photographs depict starving residents from the rural heartland of Ukraine flocking to the Ukrainian capital, Kharkiv on foot; the endless lines of city residents waiting to buy their meager ration of food ; the homeless rural residents – young and old alike, struggling to survive and dying on the city’s streets, hastily dug mass graves just outside the city.

In September 1933, Cardinal Theodor Innitzer of Vienna, the presiding Roman Catholic archbishop in Austria at that time, had established a widely publicized interfaith humanitarian relief committee to provide aid to the starving in Soviet Ukraine and the German colonies in Russia. The Soviet government in Moscow, however, emphatically denied the existence of famine, and the committee’s offers of assistance were refused. When Wienerberger returned to Austria in 1934, he compiled the set of 25 photographs into an album and presented it as a gift of respect and gratitude to Cardinal Innitzer for his efforts. The album remains to this day in the Diocesan Archive in Vienna.InscriptionsThe dedication reads: “Sr. Eminenz Kardinal Erzbischof Dr. Theodor Innitzer in dankbarer Verehrung gewidmet von Ing. A. Wienerberger.” [dedicated to His eminence, Cardinal Archbishop Dr. Theodor Innitzer with grateful respect, from Engineer A. Wienerberger.]
Date of Originalspring-summer 1933DimensionsWidth: 24 cm
Height: 13.8 cm

Personal Name(s)Innitzer, TheodorLocal identifierPD26CollectionAlexander Wienerberger: Innitzer albumLanguage of ItemGermanGeographic Coverage

Copyright StatementProtected 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 HolderSamara Pearce CitationWienerberger, Alexander. 1934. [Inscription page.] Die Hungertragödie in Südrussland 1933. Vienna: Diözesanarchiv der Erzdiözese, [1934]. Retrieved from: of OriginalDiözesanarchiv – Bibliothek, Vienna, Austria. Please contact this archive for official reproductions.Terms of UseRightsholder requests that the name of the photographer, Alexander Wienerberger, accompany each authentic reproduction of his work.Reproduction NotesReproduced with the permission of rightsholder Samara Pearce and the Diözesanarchiv – Bibliothek, Vienna, Austria