Between Hitler and Stalin: Ukraine in World War II

This film chronicles the struggle between the Nazi and Soviet regimes, from a Ukrainian perspective. The documentary recounts the events in Ukraine on the brink of the Second World War, during the Soviet occupation of Western Ukraine (1939-1941), the German-Soviet War, the Nazi occupation of Ukraine and the second Soviet occupation of Western Ukraine & Galicia (1944).

The impact of these events, which claimed 8 to 10 million Ukrainian lives, is depicted through segments on the “scorched-earth” policies of both powers; the tragedy of the Jews; and the 2.3 million Ukrainians taken as slave labourers (Ostarbeiters). The Ukrainians’ struggle against the Nazi occupiers and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s fight—against both totalitarian powers—for Ukraine’s independence are is portrayed.

The film also deals with the forcible repatriation of Ukrainians to the Soviet Union, Displaced Persons (D.P.) camps and emigration. Between Hitler and Stalin features eyewitness accounts, documentary material, rare film footage, photos and documents obtained from myriad sources.

Stalin Mass Murder Documentary

Stalin Mass Murder Documentary: Joseph Stalin’s Regime – Communism’s Reign Of Terror – Russian Crimes Against Humanity
He used terror to mobilise the working population to fulfill his five-year plans for industrialising the economically backward USSR.
Every Russian knew that if he did not make his life a paying enterprise for his country … an agent of the Soviet secret police would conduct him to the cellar of this famous department and he would simply stop living.”
Stalin pursued genocide against the Soviet peasantry. He deprived peasants of their land, herding them into state-run collective farms, and empowering the state to seize all their agricultural produce.
There were millions of peasant smallholders called kulaks. Stalin’s called for the “liquidation of the kulaks as a class”. The reign of terror which descended on the Soviet countryside was probably the most massive warlike operation ever conducted by a state against its own citizens.
Special OGPU military units, armed with tanks and machine-guns, surrounded villages and fired indiscriminately into crowds of peasants. Mass arrests and executions followed.
Millions who escaped death in this way were rounded up, bundled into cattle trucks and deported to the notorious Gulag slave labour camps in Siberia or the Arctic where many perished.
In collectivising agriculture, Stalin met particular fierce resistance from Ukrainians, whose large population and sense of nationhood, he feared, could also prove a threat to Moscow’s rule.
During 1932-33 Stalin used unprecedented means to bring Ukraine to heel. He had all of Ukraine’s grain confiscated and her borders sealed so that no person could leave and no food could enter the country.
In what amounted to the first deliberately man-made famine in history, Stalin turned Ukraine – once the great breadbasket of Europe – into a vast wasteland. Millions died.
The writer Arthur Koestler was visiting Ukraine at the time. He described seeing from his train starving children who “looked like embryos out of alcohol bottles … the stations were lined with begging peasants with swollen hands and feet, the women holding up to the carriage windows horrible infants with enormous wobbling heads, stick-like limbs and swollen, pointed bellies.”
Years later, when discussing farm collectivisation with Winston Churchill in Moscow in August 1942, Stalin coolly admitted that the four-year ordeal of carrying through this policy had cost more Soviet lives and been more stressful to him than the first year of Hitler’s onslaught against the USSR.
Kirov’s murder and the purges
After the collectivisation-terror, Stalin sought to eliminate from the upper echelons of Soviet society anybody who could conceivably pose a threat to his rule.
In late 1934 he clandestinely arranged to have his main potential rival, Sergei Kirov – the popular secretary of the Leningrad Communist Party – assassinated. To conceal his own culpability, Stalin had the assassins themselves killed and then blamed others for the Kirov murder.
He cleverly turned the resulting political turmoil to his advantage by unleashing a political witch-hunt directed against Communist Party members who had been prominent during the time of his predecessor, Lenin.
Mass arrests followed. Once mighty revolutionaries were broken by months of interrogation, torture and threats to their families. When they were ready to confess to concocted criminal charges, they were brought before especially convened show-trials in Moscow.
There, in front of astonished foreign journalists and observers, they made self-abasing confessions that they had been lifelong traitors and agents of foreign powers.
At the end of such a trial, the Soviet chief state prosecutor Andrei Vyshinski would cry: “I demand that mad dogs be shot – every one of them!”, before the defendants were taken away to their deaths.
Stalin’s Purges spread to every level of Soviet society. Citizens were encouraged to denounce neighbours and workmates as spies or saboteurs. Regional police chiefs frantically vied with each other to fulfill or over-fulfill their arrest quotas of alleged “enemies of the people” – or else faced being shot themselves.
Population losses
The Kremlin went to great lengths to cover up the magnitude of Soviet population losses resulting from Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1930s. It suppressed the results of the 1937 census because, according to an official statement, it contained “grave mistakes owing to the activities of enemies of the people”. The real reason, of course, was that the census would have revealed a massive population deficit. So rather than disclose the truth, the Soviet government had the entire census board staff shot as spies.
A “revised” census was published in 1939 – this time, with grossly inflated population figures. But even this revealed that 10% of the Soviet population was statistically missing, i.e. 15 million victims of Stalin’s reign of terror.

Fire and Ice – The Winter War of Finland and Russia

Today’s game was not the first time the Finns put the hurt on Russia!

The documentary shows how the Finnish–Russian Winter War of 1939 influenced World War II and how Finland mobilized against the world’s largest military power.
It was selected as the best documentary at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival in 2006. Ben Strout received an Emmy as Director of Fire and Ice from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2007. In 2005 Strout was recognized by The New York Times as a Critics Pick Director for “Fire and Ice”, as well, editor Kurt Poole received the New York Times recognition as Critics Pick Editor.

When Borat Came To Town

When Borat Came To Town is a film about a small village in a big universe. A gypsy village is suddenly confronted with huge dilemmas after they are portrayed as backward people from Kazakhstan in the film Borat. Seventeen year old Carmen sees the people around her change and knows her future will change dramatically as well. She grapples with allegiance to family and tradition as she tries to be true to her own dreams.

Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl (Discovery Channel) (2004)

The explosion at Chernobyl was ten times worse than that at Hiroshima and was due to a combination of human error and imperfect technology. Using a real-time split-screen format reminiscent of the hit series, 24, this programme examines the 60 critical minutes leading up to the explosion at the power station on 26th April 1986.
Each minute unfolds narrating the events from the perspectives of key characters involved including Chernobyl’s deputy chief engineer and his staff in the control room as well as innocent bystanders, the wife of one of Chernobyl’s workers and two fishermen working in Chernobyl’s warm waste waters.
With an extraordinary combination of drama and state of the art CGI graphics, Disaster at Chernobyl climaxes with the reconstructon of the final seconds leading to the disaster, the explosion itself and its terrifying aftermath.

Narrated by: David Morrissey
Producer: Tom Lasica
Director: Renny Bartlett
Executive Producers: Dan Korn & Andre Barro
Producer: Simon Berthon
Executive Producers for Discovery Networks Europa:
Bettina Hatami & Susie Worster
2004 Discovery Communications, LLC.

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Don´t Look Down

This Documentary follows parkour/free running athlete James Kingston on his trip from Southampton England to Kiew Ukrain where he meets up with Mustang Wanted .This documentary isn´t focusing on James´s rooftop runs it is about his passion for climbing,Dont Look Down is over all a really good film but there are some things i would have liked more instead , i would have loved to see and hear more of James background from when he started with Parkour and also i´d liked it if it was acually more like a documentary , i just thought it felt more like some epic journey to Ukrain than James Story,but i still loved it´s every bits and as a huge fan of James how could i not have loved it when Mustang Wanted dangled from James´s hand over the edge of the Moscow Bridge! hope you all find this as intresting as i and enjoy the movie!!! 🙂