24 Minsk Occupation In Photos, Part I

Minsk Occupation In Photos, Part I

Posted on November 17, 2011 by

This is a collection of photos taken in Minsk during WWII. We have even more photos for you to see, so new articles’re coming up.

German bombers are attacking Minsk, 1941.

On June 28th, 1941, the German army occupied Minsk.

Sovetsky Avenue.

A clean-up operation.

After the bombing.

Armoured vehicles are running along Bogdanovich Street.

German soldiers are passing the White House.

Ruins in front of the White House.

This is a picture taken from a newspaper.

They hoisted a new SS flag.

A barber’s shop at the porch of the White House.

They covered the Soviet banner with a linen and then replaced it with the SS Emblem.

They’re going to destroy the monument to Lenin soon.

This is the view from top of the White House. Do you see that ladder? They’re about to begin the demolition.

They tied the monument to some cars with ropes…

… and pulled.

The emply pedestal.


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24 Responses to “Minsk Occupation In Photos, Part I”

  1. andrei says:

    Let’s not forget how soviets did exactly the same in occupied countries later on 40s.

    • ayaa says:

      Really??!! I suppose the Soviets razed whole villages to the ground, and burned down houses with everyone still inside. I suppose the Soviets marched of civilians by their hundreds and then had death squad members execute them in a neat rows.

      No. 15-20 million Soviet civilians died in the war, three-quarters of which occured behind German lines.

      Comparitelvely, some 200,000 German civlians died under the Soviet attack.

      More, German civilians were killed due to Allied bombing. I would really like to hear you remind everyone not to forget that.

    • YJ says:

      And the norm on which all other communist countries followed that killed millions.

  2. CZenda says:

    SS-1, that´s what I call “a vanity plate”. IIRC, when Herr Flick from Gestapo calls Himmler in Allo, Allo, he always wants to be connected to “Berlin-1″ ;-D

  3. DouglasU says:

    Could this happen again but with different participants?

  4. Wars and more wars.What a terrible violation to people and their cities.I have never seen these photographs before.I wonder where E*R finds them.

    • Hirsh says:

      Quite simply by surfing others peoples photo blogs and cherry picking what they want to feature here (look to the upper left of this page to see their “open sources” statement). ;)

      The link to the site they found them on is just below the last photo above, as it is with every photo set.

  5. (r)evolutionist says:


  6. Hirsh says:

    When will Russia finally bury Lenin? It keeps coming up but it never happens. Lenin never wanted to be put on display like this. It is said that before he died he wanted to be buried next to his mother. He knew he was dying. It’s said his living brother and sister were against him being displayed like this. Seems every anniversary of his passing the issue comes up but nothing is ever done. The longer he remains on display the more morbid the situation becomes. He’s been reduced to a super-kitschy tourist attraction totally out of place in a country that’s moved on from his beliefs.

    • ayaa says:

      Thats about the third time you’ve stated your burning desire to see Lenin buried. Whats your problem?

      • Hirsh says:

        Actually it’s something i never, and i mean never think about. that is until i’ve recently been reminded about it by certain pics here. Like the statue of Lenin above laid out on his back and being gawked at by Nazi soldiers like some sort of trophy.

        The fact that is he was only 54 years old when he died and his corpse has now been on public display for over 82 years. It’s become morbid and only grows more so with time. When is enough enough?

        Like that opinion or not ayaa, i don’t care. That certain isn’t my problem.

      • Hirsh says:

        And by the way ayaa, describing it as a “burning desire” of mine is pure hyperbole on your part. this is about the 2nd or 3rd time i’ve even thought about Lenin in decades. He’s an ancient blip on the radar screen of history to me. That’s probably part of the reason i find his corpse still being on display rather morbid. It’n not like he just lays there. His corpse been meticulously groomed and cared for by a team of preservationists for 87 years now. It’s gross.

        • BringBackSovietUnion says:

          People are still very attached to Lenin and Putin knows that. There’s still a very large membership of the Communist Party to create a very large and probably very bloody racket if the body of Lenin is ever touched. The mindset of the Soviet Union is still very much alive and well in Russia and they’re well indoctrinated to fight like bloody hell if the body is moved for burial. Putin can’t afford a civil war.

  7. Cro says:

    They bombed the hell out of it. Same as NATO bombed city of Sirte. Nazi freaks. Stalin was too merciful after fall of berlin for what they did..

  8. Mariel says:

    Wars are so terrible, there are not words to describe the wars

  9. Emperor Norton says:

    Well that picture of Himmiler with the Jewish kid who was about to be murdered shows you how off in loony land the Nazis were. The whole thing being posed like that and in color. That’s serial killer trophy stuff.

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