Officials Confiscate Animals from Ukrainian Families

Implementing Stalin’s orders, to make sure that Ukrainian families have given-up their farm animals—such as their cows—to the government’s collective farms, Soviet officials visit farms throughout the countryside.

This image, from the 1932-33 era, depicts officials carrying out Stalin’s orders.

The photo, by an unnamed photographer, is maintained at the National Museum in Kiev. It is part of a “Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine” and is online via the Holodomor Research & Education Consortium.

Curators, at the museum, provide this description of the activities depicted in the photo:

This is a black and white image taken in Donetsk [Ukraine] in the 1932-33 [era] and is part of the Innitzer collection. [The “Innitzer Collection” refers to materials collected by Theodor Innitzer (1875-1955), the Archbishop of Vienna in 1932, who gathered materials about the famine in an effort to alert others about its devastating effects and to solicit help for the starving people.]

This image depicts a cow being taken away from one of the farmers in a village, a women stands next to her cow pleading with the man taking her away. Five people are in the picture but none are facing the camera, they are all focused on hooking up the cow to the wagon.

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Photo, by an unnamed photographer, depicts Soviet officials confiscating a cow that had not been turned-over, by a Ukrainian farmer, to the local collective. Maintained by the National Museum, in Kiev, the image is part of "Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine." It is online via the Holodomor Research & Education Consortium.


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