29 Annexed To Become One Family. 1939-1940

Annexed To Become One Family. 1939-1940

Posted on March 15, 2012 by

Residents of Lviv welcome the Red Army.

A meeting by the monument to Adam Mitskevich in Lviv.

Voting for Soviet annexation of Western Ukraine.

The presidium of the People’s Assembly of Western Ukraine.

N. Khrushchev.

Delegates of the People’s Assemly of Western Ukraine by a theater.

Soviet military hardware running the streets of Lviv after the People’s Assembly of Western Ukraine finished its work.

Citizens of Lviv welcome the Soviet Army.

A meeting in Lviv to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the October Revolution.

Soviet soldiers in Wilno.


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29 Responses to “Annexed To Become One Family. 1939-1940”

  1. hawaiian says:

    russian plague

  2. Mort says:

    “Annexed to become one family” is like “raped for virginity”. But that’s all you may expect from soviets anytime, anywhere.

  3. Grzgrz says:

    And you are completely unaware that these were treated as traitors by the majority of the inhabitants of those cities and whenever possible executed by rightful rulers of the land? How come you Russians don’t get that communism was and is the disease, the plague, the disaster for many nations including yours; not a thing to be proud of. If you post Soviet propaganda give it an appropriate comment, do not repeat it!

  4. reznor says:

    what’s this propaganda again??? or is it with irony? :)

  5. Olo says:

    This is nonsense !!!
    Soviet Russia backstabbed Poland while Polish Nation was fighting with germans !!!
    We will always remember the 17-th of september 1939 when The Soviet Union joined Germany’s invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War and we will always remember Katyn massacre and other communist crimes which happened after the soviet invasion in 1939.
    Lwów will always be Polish and this was not western ukraine it was POLAND that time.

  6. dons says:

    when you say, ” annexation,” do you mean, “occupation?” the soviets occupied latvia for almost 50 years. i do like the old pictures. i recognize the ports and st. pauls cathedral, and i think i recognize the road where the six tram lines intersect.

  7. Kilroy Was Here says:

    If only they had known…

  8. tomas says:

    become one family? what about are you talking man???it was dire calamity, start of tragedy of Baltic countries

  9. CZenda says:

    I hope the title is meant to be sarcastic.

  10. Roach says:

    Not exactly the proudest chapter in Soviet history. These occupations–and the subsequent deportations–were brutal to all manner of intellectuals, ordinary people, etc. The Fifth Columns in these countries, mostly ethnic and religious minorities, were complicit in the extreme. This is the reason the German invasion of June 1941 was greeted so welcomely at first. The western reaches of the Soviet Union were subject to a two year brutal occupation prior their arrival; the people would soon learn they were no better and just as brutal as the Soviet system.

  11. GeoRileyO says:

    I wonder what all these cheering folks would say if asked now.

  12. Otis R. Needleman says:

    These pictures…propaganda of people who knew what they had to do to survive. They needed the Soviets in their countries like a fish needs a bicycle. When the Nazis came many Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians fought alongside them against the Soviets.

  13. ayaa says:

    Englishrussia provides an outlet for a lot of angry little people from the ex-WarPac and ex-USSR countries to let out their pent-up feelings. Well done, ER. :D

  14. OLUT says:

    Stan Mieldzioc said “The Nazis staged identical parades. Those still alive “volunteered” to wave and cheer.”

    That’s true. One of my closest friends, his mother is Latvian. He told me the story of when his mother was a child, the Nazis came and demanded he and others join their army. When he refused, he was hanged in the street. She ended up in a camp, albeit a “nicer” one, where they kept local people. She made it out of the camp and out of the country.

    Either Stalin’s Soviets or Hitler’s NAZIS, it was all absolute hell. It breaks my heart thinking of all the people who died or lived through it.

  15. too much vodka says:

    Viewing the fact that you see soldiers marching in uniforms which are obviously not Russian but Lithuanian, ER could have done a better job in accurately describing what is on the pictures.

  16. Roora says:

    Democracy :)

  17. lortea says:

    Maybe authors should paste photos how Germans takes Kiev in 1941 and add decsription “Happy peoples welcomes German friends”.

    Unfortunately stalinist state of mind is still so popular in Russia. Shame you.

  18. Sympathizer says:

    Some of the same people passing judgement cheer on gang rape by NATO today. Some things don’t change.

    • lbytesxk says:

      The Russians are an infectious disease and hopefully one day will be eradicated from the face of the Earth.
      How is that for gang rape?

      • ayaa says:

        So you wanna wipe us off the face of the Earth? Go on. Give it a try. It’s your funeral.

        Besides, plenty have tried in the past, and yet, we’re still here.

        • geoff says:

          ayaa don’t let that virus (lbytesxk) infect you with its hate. You are a bigger person and more intelligent than they could ever be. Its good to see you are still here.

        • too much vodka says:

          Even the Georgians and Mingrelians didn’t succeed in wiping the Russians off the face ot the earth in their most succesfull try during 30ties and 40ties…

  19. Stalins Cat says:

    There’s some right moaning gits on this thread.

    Long live The Red Army !!!

  20. orgo says:

    What you constantly call an “annexation” was in fact occupations backed by overwhelming red army. At least in case of Baltic states.

    All pictures are soviet propoganda with puppet governments asking to accept Baltic states in USSR.

    Most of soldiers in Latvian uniforms depicted in “Soldiers at the demonstration devoted to Soviet annexation of Latvia.” were shot soon after in Litene – Latvian equivalent of polish Katyn.

  21. Tommo says:

    exciting times :(

  22. Sandy says:

    It’s a pity that most survived elderly persons of russian occupation in Baltics cannot write in English – they would tell you the true story of so called ”annexation”. Why don’t you publish pictures of thousands of innocent civilians who died on the way to Siberia , including infants .
    Where are pictures of KGB killed people in 1940. in Baltics ? Latvians were called ” enemies of state ”. Wich state ? They were even not a citizens of USSR . Imagine somebody coming into Russia and call all russians ”enemy of state ” and satrt killing them . I daubt russians would call it ”celebrating arrival of liberating army ”.

  23. Ivanov says:

    Hey Russians, did you forget how your own people were warm welcoming incoming Wehrmacht ? How you call this “becoming one family” ? Ha ha ha, you will always be fu!?ed up as a nation, because you will never learn lesson history already taught you.

  24. john says:

    yes welcome to the happy russian family of murderers, rapistss and genocidal manacs, someone should did up that bastard stalin up and burn his evil bones. no wonder molotov suffocated him.

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