10 Russia in 1944

Russia in 1944

Posted on May 9, 2014 by tim


Russia in 1943, as photographed by a German soldier, Franz. Some of the photos are colored, some are black and white. The photos can be clicked on and the most of the photos are widescreen.


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10 Responses to “Russia in 1944”

  1. yagur says:

    This is Ukraine

  2. Edward Greene says:

    These pictures are fine. No problem. But who will fix my toaster? It’s broken again, you see.

  3. Peter Wells says:

    What became of Franz, the cameraman?

    • Edward Greene says:

      Much to the astonishment of the entire Russian army and also his cruel father who forced him to join the German military before being of legal ago to do so, he survived the war, primarily by employing teythier, which, curiously, was not invented until 1974. After unsuccessfully trying to immigrate to Mexico in 1947, he operated a small vegetable stall in Kaunitz. As an aside, some of his footprints are still to be seen in the dust on the streets of Kaunitz since street cleaners were banned from the village by the mayor in the late 1800s, and the bylaw has never been repealed. The hours at the fruit stall were long, many of them far more that the government-approved 60 minutes, but despite this he undertook a series of studies that culminated in the seminal work “Die Anwendung von Hartlöten auf die Angewandte Wissenschaft von Brot Austrocknung Anlagen zu Reparieren.” (“The Application of Brazing to the Applied Science of Bread Dehydration Equipment Repair”) Sadly, all copies of this manuscript were destroyed in a fire caused when he undertook a soldering exercise. (Being a brazier, soldering was, of course, well beyond his area of competence.) At this point, he trail is lost. Some say he began searching for diamonds in the southern Urals. Others believe that he retreated to a monastery where he worked as a broccoli decorator. What do I think? I just do not know what to think, to be honest. All I do know is that without him or his work, my toaster remains inoperable.

  4. Jason P says:

    On the first page there is a picture of little huts and a huge castle in the background does any one have any info on that castle ? What an amazing picture.

    • Edward Greene says:

      Yes, it is an amazing picture. However, it is not a castle, at least not a real one. It is a little known fact that, due to the high cost of land in California, the Disney corporation attempted to build the first Disneyland near Kharkiv in 1934. This is what we see in the photograph that you mention. By the end of 1937, with little progress made on the attraction, except for the candy-floss stall that appears to be a castle in the picture, the Disney board decided that Stalinist Russia was perhaps not the best place for a theme park. The rest of the story is well known so I shall not bore you with it here. I visited the site a couple of years ago. There is a lawnmower factory there now.

      • Jason P says:

        I tried to search for this but came up with nothing. Is there a link you could provide with some info? I would like to read an article about this

  5. Edward Greene says:

    Foreshadowing what was to come during the Cold War in the 1950s and onwards, Stalin had banned all knowledge of the existence of the park until after its (planned) completion in an effort to catch the western governments unaware and create a theme-park gap between the east and west.

    As you discovered, suppression of the information continues to this day. Due to the knowledge-cleansing activities of shadowy organisations, an investigator would be unlikely to find reference to the event in the usual search-engine databases. EnglishRussia.com is to be applauded for bringing little-known subjects such as this to a wider audience. Those that forget history will repeat it, and the tragedy of superfluous, castle-shaped candy-floss stalls could occur again without an appreciation of the past.

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