'The Soviet Story': Historical Documentary

For anyone interested in modern history, 'The Soviet Story' is a must see documentary about the Soviet Union government's policies which killed over 7 million people in Ukraine mostly through Soviet imposed starvation during the 1930s and its collaboration with Germany's National Socialist dictatorship under Hitler which occurred during the early days of World War II.

It was written and directed by Edvins Snore, an Estonian:

'The Soviet Story' is a story of an Allied power during World War II, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.

Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945.

Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now…"

**WARNING: The documentary shows human corpses, disturbing imagery, human starvation and suffering.

Viewer Discretion is Advised**

I don't think the documentary is any more violent than history documentaries that you would see on the old version of the History Channel or on PBS, but viewer discretion is advised.

'The Soviet Story' was shown on my local PBS station in Detroit during the past summer.

There are a few historical problems with this documentary; probably the biggest error I remember is that the film tries hard to equate German National Socialism / Fascism with Soviet Communism, when in fact they were quite different and opposing 20th century political ideologies.

Nevertheless, the film scrutinizes the brutality of the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s which was never discussed in any detail in any history class I took in public school.



The film tells the story of the Soviet regime.

  • The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33)

  • The Katyn massacre in Poland (1940)

  • The SS-KGB partnership [in the late 1930s the KGB was called NKVD, more info>]

  • Soviet mass deportations

  • Medical experiments in the GULAG.

These are just a few of the subjects covered in the film.

“The Soviet Story” also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe.

Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp.

The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and “realpolitik”.

'The Soviet Story' will be showing at this location in the U.S. in April, 2011:

*April 30, 2011 – California (USA) – 2:00 pm - La Verne Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, 3640 D Street, La Verne, CA 91750, tel (909) 596 – 1934 *

I thought Nazi Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union were both fascist military dictatorships, though they both called themselves ‘socialist’, the big difference being: one blatantly bragged that it was racist and the other pretended it was not.

But modern history is not my area at all.

“I never heard a corpse ask how it got so cold.” - Anthony Hopkins as Prince Richard in The Lion in Winter

Cough, cough. While there are some useful points worth considering in the OP it’s worth pointing out that Mr.Snores is rather conveniently overlooking Estonian and Nazi colloboration.

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