Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Collective farms (otherwise known as “kolkhoz”) started to appear in the USSR since 1918. On these pictures you can see its everyday life – hard work and some fun.

Installation of posts for electricity transmission lines in one of the Russian villages. 1925

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

On the plowed field. 1927

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Tea drinking. 1928

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

At the fellow-villager’s place

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

The dispossessed by their house. Ukraine. 1929

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

A “red” cart. Delivery of grain to the government. 1929

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

First May demonstration. 1929

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Jewish collective farmer

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

On a dairy farm. The beginning of the 1930’s

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

A schoolboy on the field – a good help to the collective farm. The beginning of the 1930s

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Young collective farmer. 1931

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

First day nursery in a collective farm. 1931

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Collective farm youth. 1932

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Farm machinery. Its preparation for sowing. 1932

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Having a break. 1933

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Farm carts. 1933

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Lunch break. 1934

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Festive holiday atmosphere. 1934

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Old man Arip. 1936

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Collective farmer. 1939

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Portable film projector. 1951

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

In a collective farm. 1953

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Golden wheat. 1953

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Mechanization expert. New crop. 1954

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

Virgin soil. Schoolchildren help to collective farmers. 1955

Hard Life In Kolkhoz

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38 thoughts on “Hard Life In Kolkhoz”

  1. Very interesting Soviet propaganda photos, which give no hint of what was really happening behind the scenes during those terrible years. Russians killed or imprisoned literally millions upon millions of their own people. Even though the records are now largely open and accessible, I presume that the years from Dzerzhinskiy to Stalin are still pretty much a taboo subject in Russia, as are much of the Nazi-era events in Germany today. I suppose most people just don’t want to dwell upon such horrendously depressing stories, but it should be noted that they remain an inalienable part of their culture.

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  2. Realistically, the kolkhozs were successful. The way they were started in Ukraine was wrong. The idea was correct. The collective farms succeeded in making the Soviet State an agricultural paradise. The hunger after the Second World War was caused by the devastation of war, not the failure of the system. Great ideas all have flaws but on the whole it was a successful program.

      • Not until the 70s. The U.S. was a horrible place for farmers throughout much of it’s history, too. Remember from your history the Populist movement of the 1880s-90s? The depressed times of the 1920s? You have a thing called subsidies, right? Isn’t that Socialism?

        • Just like the tribulations of the industrial revolution, the depression was universal and effected every country. No one did well then. However, the United States has been the breadbasket of the world for a long time. many of the subsidies you are talking about are to not produce and let fields lay fallow. This is done so the prices stay higher. we can not consume all we can produce.

    • Listen just rename yourself “WRONG”. Because SovMarxist, you are so out of touch with historical reality that it’s down right amusing.

  3. Watching a film outdoors.. Some on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller like, “Let’s All Grow Grain for the Motherland!” A “Must-See” film, 2 Hammer and sickles up!!

  4. Don’t forget that two types of agricultural enterprise were operating in Soviet time: Sovkhoz and kolkhoz. Many westerners are ignorant of or confuse the two. Western sterotypical perceptions of Soviet agriculture are usually regarding the Sovkhoz state-run system. The kolkhoz was more like western cooperative.

  5. There were collective farms before USSR started.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obshchina
    “the vast majority of Russian peasants held their land in communal ownership within a mir community, which acted as a village government and a cooperative.”
    So since Lenin switched everything to state-control in 1917, maybe Russia was more socialist (meaning land and factories owned and managed by those who work them) before the USSR.

  6. Legacy of Soviet Russia

    Percentage of ethnic Kazakhs who perished during the Moscow-imposed collectivization in 1929-­1932: 34 percent.

    Number of the Kazakh intelligentsia members executed on Moscow’s orders in 1937: 30,000.

    Source: Rzeczpospolita (Warsaw), 21 December 2002.

    http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~sarmatia/402/222srindex.html

    • Socialism must work or humanity will fail. Capitalism is a great failure and many people dont see it because the rich own the media

  7. i think,not a single person in those photos is real.All seem to be actors.Those pictures were taken over a year by a permanently settled photographers team.
    everybody knows,Stalin killed millions of Ukrainian and Russian farmers.And soviet agriculture was failure from start 1918 to 1991.It never worked.

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  9. Thank God, both great granddads had the money to get the h3ll out of there, before this tragedy. The smiles in these propaganda photos are terrible lies.

  10. Thanks to you guys, its going to be allot harder to transition into a Socialist Government here in the US or other parts of the world. Please consider re-forming a REAL Socialist Government so you can show the world how its supposed to be done.

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