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20 From the German Album: Ukraine 1941-42

From the German Album: Ukraine 1941-42

Posted on May 22, 2012 by team


Some photos from the propagandistic album of the German mountain huntsmen: Ukraine 1941-42.

Lemberg is an old university city that makes a good impression, Its German origin is still rather evident. Ukraine was struggling for its independence under the rule of Poland and suffered very much. The Polish terror was followed by terrible Bolshevist terror.  The true face of the new enemy was revealed. Thousands of ethnic Germans and Ukrainians were put into dark prison basements and killed there. Long rows of Bolshevist cruelty were piled on each other in the rear yard of the prison.

We won’t stay in the city that still smells like death and will go in the south-east direction. Ukrainians felt liberated and built triumphal arches saying “Long live Fuerer!”, “We are greeting the liberators”.

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20 Responses to “From the German Album: Ukraine 1941-42”

  1. sylvain says:

    “Lemberg is an old university city that makes a good impression, Its German origin is still rather evident. Ukraine was struggling for its independence under the rule of Poland and suffered very much. The Polish terror was followed by terrible Bolshevist terror.” I’ve never heard about this. Is this some newest soviet version of history?

  2. sylvain says:

    I always thought that Lemberg was a Polish city, but as we see there is always “another” and “better” version of history. I’ve never heard about Polish terror, but I’ve heard a lot about Ukrainian terror (terrible massacres of Vohlyn).

    • Andy says:

      Well, then you should read about Operation Vistula. By the way, Lviv, or Lemberg how you call it was founded by Ukrainian King Daniel of Galicia. You really lack some basic knowledge of history.

  3. marek says:

    “Lemberg is an old university city that makes a good impression, Its German origin is still rather evident. Ukraine was struggling for its independence under the rule of Poland and suffered very much. The Polish terror was followed by terrible Bolshevist terror.”
    This is a lie. Lwów, not Lemberg is an old polish city. In intrebellum it belonged to Poland. There was an ethnic conflict, however not comparable to Russian or German terror! After 1941 (in 1939 Poland was divided, Lwów was taken by Soviet Union) Ukrainians collaborated with Germans and committed many crimes on Poles and Jews. Here is very drastic example (killed children) during so called “Rzeź wołyńska”: http://www.intarnet.pl/www1.atlas.okay.pl/index_full.html?action=full&id=10408

  4. CZenda says:

    I just love those photos of fallen plaster-of-Paris Lenins and Stalins with bodged reinforcements inside :D

  5. Etranger says:

    Poland has enlightened Ukraine the same way as France had enlightened whole Europe. If not Poland, then Ukraine would have been few decades away from Europe. Some work could be done better, but back then they would rather listen to Soviet emmisaries and their propaganda. Now Ukraine pays the high price, but I still believe you will find smart people that will lead your nation to the bright future (Svetloye Budusche).

  6. Dan Szepesi says:

    What is the pyramid in the distance in picture 25?

  7. promethee says:

    Nevermind the false about Poles, what is strange, I see for a first time they refer to Red Army as an “enemy” on ER. rotfl

  8. Mike Talino says:

    Nazi comments are so nazi.

  9. Icek says:

    Polish terror… ? – bu**hit! UPA (УПА) terror – true!

  10. I am I says:

    C’mon guys – soviets write the history in their own way, as always – nothing new. Double thinking as always.

  11. schtuka says:

    Marek, Lviv is not Polish city. I say it is Galician city founded in 1256. Occupied by Polish, Austrians and Russians throughout the times. There is a strong influence in architecture and language from all those nations, but it is now in Ukraine. Therefore it is Ukrainian city.

  12. psik says:

    where’s Lemberg? In Brandenburg? It’s false, geographical and historical.

  13. Cracker says:

    I’m a descendent of German-Russians from Volhynia, many of those families had been living there since the 1700’s. They spoke Plattdeutsch, Polish and Russian (perhaps Ukrainian as they didn’t see much of a difference back then).

    The impression I get from the old tales I’ve heard is that it was just total war, pure tragedy on all sides. My granny had fond memories of all the various people that lived in the region, Poles, Russians, Jews and Gypsies and her fellow Germans-Russians. She hated just a few things, Hitler, Napoleon, and soldiers in general. She described the good times there like it was heaven on earth, then it all disappeared. Lot’s of them got the short end of the stick for being ethnically German despite the fact that they’d been living for several generations. Lot’s of executions, lot’s of people sent to Siberia, Khazakstan, places like that.

    The whole thing was such a huge mess, with so many sides and every side cooperating with every other side at some point. Just pure tragedy. I don’t think there’s any sense in arguing about it, there’s not much sense in filling yourself up with hate looking at old pictures of the dead. Let’s look forward and make sure it never happens again. We’re not born onto teams, we’re all human.

  14. marek says:

    schtuka
    Tell me please who first used term “Galicja” referring to Lwów and some other area (including Cracow!)? It was Mettenrich at Congress of Vienna in 1815! And also please do not tracing Ukrainian heritage to so called Red Russia (it is not Soviet Union, but medieval country), it is not the same! In terms You said Berlin should be treated as a polish/slovian city because till XIII th. century area belonged to slovian trib.:lol: Naturally Lwów was very international city with mixed population, but You can’t say it was under polish occupation, and now it is Ukraine. I may say (which i do not!) that Lwów is under ukrainian occupation now. You also did not say a word about massacre at Wołyń, done by UPA (Ukrainian Resistance Army).

  15. nmgfhk says:

    Some peoples describing their childhood in “terrorized by Poland Ukraine”:
    “… after hours my Ukrainian friend was going for lesson of Ukrainian language, because I had nothing to do I was sitting in back bench and learning Ukrainian…Ukrainian Pop was coming to (Polish) school to teach religion. He was meeting Catohlic Priest and they were respecting each other.”
    Now show me this in Bolshevik School were “all people were equal and power was in hands of the working class of vollages and cities”.

  16. kater says:

    as always, this portal is pushing false agenda and attempting to rewrite history. you may say – nothing new. ok, not new, but it’s still dangerous. it is our duty to never let the russkies rewrite history. we must remember how it truly was – Lwów/Lviv was a Polish city once and at that time it enjoyed good treatment from Poland, unlike in the soviet times.
    stop the lies!!!

  17. Michael says:

    Of all the contributors one nationality shines out from all others for it’s hatred and inflated sense of victimhood……Poland and Poles. Do you idiots not realise that hatred begets more hatred and injustice to others. This is a vicious that can only lead to more conflict. Of course of any nation in Europe, the territory of Poland has expanded significantly during the 20th century from war. Perhaps with the creation of weakness & instability in Ukraine, Poland sees opportunity (Zbigniew Brzezinski is advisor to Barack Obama)

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