Ukrainians Evicted from Their Home

Stalin's orders, impacting Ukraine in 1932-33, included State ownership of farm land, farm homes, farm equipment and farm crops. Farmers who had once been owners now found themselves out of their homes and off their land, without compensation for the taking.

When the Soviets denied such events were occurring, and that a man-made famine was the result, a Cardinal from Austria, Theodor Innitzer—who was also the Archbishop of Vienna—began an awareness-raising campaign in the West. This image, by an unnamed photographer, is from the Innitzer Collection. It depicts a woman and child “being kicked out of their home.”

Innitzer was not without controversy himself, as we learn from Holodomor Survivors:

Innitzer was the Archbishop of Vienna and a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. The son of factory worker, he became a priest in 1902, received his doctorate in theology in 1906, and from 1929 to 1930 served as Minister of Social Affairs in the Austrian government of Chancellor Johann Schober. In 1932 he became Archbishop of Vienna.

In his role as Archbishop of Vienna, Innitzer attempted to organize relief for the starving peasantry during the Ukrainian Famine. However, as the Soviet government vehemently denied the existence of any Famine on its territory, Innitzer was not allowed to provide any aid.

Innitzer’s role in Austrian history remains controversial, as the Archbishop supported the 1938 Anschluss with Germany. However, soon after the Anschluss, when the Nazi assault on the Catholic Church began, Innitzer became critical of the regime – in October 1938 he stated in a sermon “There is just one Fuhrer – Jesus Christ.” During the war, Innitzer was critical of the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazis, but openly supported the war effort against the USSR.

Innitzer used photos, from various sources, to try to rally support for the people of Ukraine. This image depicts one of those photos.

Online via the Holodomor Education & Research Consortium, the photo has this description:

This is a black and white image taken in Donetsk in the 1932-33 and is part of the Innitzer collection. This image depicts a woman and a small child being kicked out of their home in the winter, they are pulling a wagon of things that they are allowed to take with them.

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

Online via Holodomor Research & Education Consortium; Photo, by an unnamed photographer, and part of the Innitzer Collection.


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