Photos of a talented American photographer Howard Sochurek taken in the Leningrad Palace of the Pioneers and Schoolchildren.
Howard Sochurek was a member of the Nixon delegation in Russia in summer 1959.
BAH! More LIFE communist propaganda rubbish. Where are the photos of what it was really like for ordinary Soviets. Not these chosen few children of Communist party elite
Have YOU ever lived during the Soviet era? If not then you are hardly in a position to claim that only a select few lived a content life.
BAH!how did you know?You make me feel you are a shaby!
What is it in particular that you don’t like about these pictures? They depict ordinery life of ordinery citezens. My parents lived in those time and their still alive. The life wasn’t easy but people were happy. I say lay of the propoganda that media feeds you, and stop looking in the past becuse if you don’t look forward you might trip…
It was an ordinary life which you see on photos. For children govt was making everything. My parents could play basketball and be in athletic school for free. Could go in summer camps to the sea. And what we have now? A good life for adults,but nothing for kids.
Have to agree. This site constantly shows the carefully staged propaganda photos but never the reality of Soviet life. Where are the Gulags? Where is the rampant environmental destruction or the cramped tenement buildings? Where are the endless queues in front of every store to buy the most basic items? Show us the true disparity between the Party gangsters and the average people, ER. Show us the secret police, the informants, the prisons disguised as mental hospitals. Shows us the barbed wire fences and the guard towers. This nation was a prison, not the cheerful utopia you always depict in State sanctioned photographs.
C’mon, SMERSH, the gulags were ended after Stalin died. You seem to be stuck in the Stalinist era when there were informants and gulags. The queues were in the 80s due to neo-Stalinist policies that stagnated the nation from Brezhnev on. Yes, there was cramped housing but everyone had health insurance, a quality education (superior to the deregulated U.S. education), and a guaranteed job. So, it’s not Manhattan or Beverly Hills? I bet the vast majority of people were okay with it. I knew workers from the Soviet Union who came over here and fear played NO role in their decision to migrate. The EVIL EMPIRE was a lie fed to us by our loving (and cheating) Uncle Sam. Only during the Stalinist era was fear and barbed wire the “norm” (and not as much as you’ve been led to believe). The U.S. has a secret police, too (read about the N.S.A. and their new building in the Utah desert sometime).
Oh, I forgot. Haven’t you read about the CIA experiments on U.S. citizens during the 50s and 60s? The experiments with venereal diseases on minorities? The sterilizations on young women from State eugenics boards? My point is, ALL governments can be evil. Uncle Sam and Country Joe were in the same bed.
In defence of English Russia, they are just reposting these, which were set up for the American photographer. Russia probably has in comparison many, many fewer photos of the bad things from the Soviet years.
To “where is… destruction” they are here every day. They always have pictures of abandoned cities, silos. Within the past few days, they showed a town in Kazakhstan that made as a temporary town for bauxite mining, but now is decaying and nearly empty. So they do show both sides.
(I do agree these are state-sanctioned propaganda, and the photographer was probably never alone without KGB agent watching.)
Replying to me, the Kazakhstan example I gave was just below this post on the main page. Here’s the link:
you are wrong, man! It was avaliable for all children at that time
people were happy? lol.. ok.
Don.. this was anything BUT “ordinary” life. To be able to go to a “summer camp”, your parents had to stand in line, and if they had no money/goods to pay off the offices, they were denied the vouchers.
oh.. yea.. and having parents sleep one ear out the door, listening, if KGB decides to stop by.. or the vouchers for sugar etc.. yeah! sounds like a dream life.
No, thanks. Better to have lived in the USA in 1959, or any time.
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