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52 Ukrainian People Greet Nazi Germans

Ukrainian People Greet Nazi Germans

Posted on March 25, 2015 by tim


Looks like at least some people in Soviet Ukraine were really happy when Nazis arrived to their land in 1941. Just see this selection of Ukrainian people showing hospitality to the Soviet enemy – German Wermacht soldiers.

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52 Responses to “Ukrainian People Greet Nazi Germans”

  1. Gregabob says:

    We may be shocked now, as we know the history of what happened after the Nazi invasion, but at that time the Holodomor had happened less than 10 years ago. Ukrainians had suffered horribly under Stalin and his forced collectivization of farms. I know personally someone who lost her mother and other relatives to the Communists. Nazis were an unknown quantity at that time, but many Ukrainians took a chance on them as they had suffered under Russian communism. How were they to know how bad the Nazis would be? As the Soviet Army swept the Nazis out of Ukraine later in the war, many thousands of Ukrainians (and I’m personally acquainted with one) packed their belongings and headed west, between the grinding millstones of advancing Soviets and retreating Nazis. What horrors these people experienced, lives and families destroyed by followers of two different ideologies. Imagine trudging along with your belongings on a wagon pulled by a horse, Katusha rockets roaring overhead, most everything being destroyed in front of you. Then you spend the next few years in a displaced persons camp, hungry all the time, hoping against hope the next place you go will be better. Finally liberated, you can never go home again–so you continue West, emigrate to the U.S., get married and have a family. But the war has scarred you, health issues dog you, and you can’t sleep in a room without a light on, as the memories of war are too great. The legacies of Hitler and Stalin, long dead, still cause pain to millions around the globe.

    • MNC says:

      Learn more about Holodomor – translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.proza.ru%2F2013%2F05%2F21%2F1299&sandbox=1

    • Alain says:

      Indeed, Gregabob. I wait now for photos of the Russian SS division :)

    • Alain says:

      Let’s see the Facts:
      Holodomor (Famine) hit Mostly Central and
      South-Eastern regions of Ukrainian SSR!
      If you Watch Demographics map of Ukrainian SSR, this is the Regions where only Ethnic Russians lived in Ukrainian SSR.
      Western parts of Ukrainian SSR are almost completely spared from Famine !

      • ff says:

        You are right – but in Holodomor time, western Ukraine have belong to Poland and Romania, and they have no Holodomor!!!

      • Ota Bartos says:

        This has nothing to do with demography. This was mainly due the Ukraine’s geography and economy structure – western part of Ukraine are mountains, meanwhile central and eastern are agriculturaly fertile plains. And Stalin’s intention with Holodomor was to eliminate farmers and violently convert their farms to kolchozes and sovchozes.

  2. Andrew says:

    That is because for Ukranians even Hitler was better than Stalin. Stalin killed millions of Ukrainians during Holodomor (Hunger-extermination).

  3. Andrew says:

    Page 4 pic 3 – It is probably soviet tank and crew. May be it is IS-3. IS-3 battle tank was created in 1945, it didn’t participate in WW2.

  4. Mister Twister says:

    The problem here is, you have to choose between Stalin and Hitler. And no matter which choice you make, it’s wrong. And there is no third choice.

    • Soviet Samurai says:

      Are you kidding me? Hitler burned people alive based on their religion and race. Stalin had no choice but to kill opposition in time of crisis. Russia was not prepared for this war. Idiots like youself have no idea what they are talking about and what Russia went through during WW2 to fight the nazis. Read a book why don’t you and not the propaganda written by Uncle Sam during the Cold War.

  5. Arn says:

    Even if their was some Ukrainian people happy to see the nazis coming, most of those kind of images are propaganda.

  6. freeulster says:

    Just shows how bad Stalin, communism and mass starvation must be to make Hitler look like salvation.

  7. Mikail Grussmann says:

    When historical facts are called propaganda
    and every evil is being excused by greater evil done by someone else…

    People arguing like this are making me sick.

  8. Zozo says:

    I see that most of the people doesn’t like the truth. Some Ukrainians were nazis, a specially brutal ones, I guess that they wanted to ingratiate
    to the German masters. Large numbers of Europeans were collaborationists as well, it’s a history fact. Only significant resistance in a whole Europe occurred in former Yugoslavia, although they had their Quislings as well. French resistance was funny, Poles waited the end of the war and then they provided some significant resistance. Dalimir Orfanus is right. Also it is stupid to equate nazis and communists, that’s in fact western propaganda. Most of Nazis escaped to USA where they were sheltered. Some of them even worked for the USA. If you use Google or Wikipedia you can learn more about US or even British fascists.

  9. anyád says:

    “Nazi german” soldiers do this, “nazi german” soldiers do that. What about the german soldiers, who weren’t members of the nazi party? They stayed home? Russians should’ve really learned by now that not every german soldier was nazi. It’s like saying that every soldier in the red army was a communist. Everybody knows it’s impossible and it wasn’t that way.
    Not every german soldier was a nazi, and not every russian soldier was a communist. Learn that already, ffs.

    • Mikail Grussmann says:

      Almost every damn german soldier was bloodthirsty nazi. Of course after the was, most of them denied that to save their skin.

      • Toivoo says:

        So, with that logic: Mikail Grussmann is bloodthirsty communist, but, since he, obviously, denies this to save his own skin, it will make it true?
        And, if he don’t deny this, it it also true?
        So, in conclusion – everything I say is true, just because i say it, and if other person denies it, it is because he tries to save hes own skin, therefore it is true.
        Yep, i remember this communist logic from Soviet era.

    • Tom says:

      Thank you, anyad. Finally someone who says it how it was.

  10. HenryR says:

    The German occupation forces in Ukraine during WWI in behaved decently. The people were expecting the same behavior. It did not take long for them to discover the truth.

  11. WWtS says:

    Really makes you think how horrible the Soviets must have been that someone greeted Nazis as liberators.

  12. source says:

    pics 6573116,tank t-34… russian soldier, not german.

  13. Meew mew says:

    Like Grandpa said, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi.

    That hasn’t changed.

  14. Tom says:

    Those girls standing around the tank; it’s obvious what they wanted. I bet they got it, too.

  15. Eugene says:

    Russian propoganda at work here. On the last page, 3rd picture from the bottom are the picture of Russian solders on 1950’s tank, 2nd picture from the bottom are the picture of American made Stutenbeckrs which Soviet Union used under land lease, and the 1st picture from the bottom are the picures of KV-1 russian made tanks with Russian people greeting it =),

  16. Stalin's Cat says:

    There was always only going to be one winner and that was The Mighty Red Army ! Battered the Nazi dogs into the ground..

  17. sadofh says:

    Yes their had been collaboration. But: This seems like a bunch of recycled propaganda photos. The Nazis had a strong propaganda machines, many of thoose pictures may be staged. By the way, the last photos on page 4. their you mixed up naziphotos with sovietphotos. You can clearly see Sovietsoldiers on a soviet tank, with distinctive Headprotection of soviet tankdrivers. In the picture under it, are sovietsoldiers in the american studebaker-truck. The last picture even shows britishtanks, look like british Cromwelltanks or Churchilltanks to me.
    Get your facts straight.

  18. George says:

    Here is a quote from the Reichskommissar of Ukraine Erich Koch:

    “We are a master race, which must remember that the lowliest German worker is racially and biologically a thousand times more valuable than the population here”.
    — Erich Koch, March 5th 1943

    What do you think of that Ukranian neo nazies?

  19. Levent says:

    Interesting debate, over which system is worse, communism or NAZI regime? Stalin’s dictatorship and repressions are not communism, though. He isn’t a Russian too. Also, please remember that people in the Western Ukraine (who warmly greet German soldiers) have never been victims of Holodomor. Simply, they were under Polish rule at the time of the famine. Also, during the famine died not only people of Ukrainian ethnicity, but many Russians too. It cannot be classified as a selective punishment of Ukrainian people. It’s obvious, that many Ukrainian nationalists have collaborators of NAZIs, and committed crimes against humanity with brutal massacres of Jews and Poles. These atrocities cannot be merely downplayed as a struggle for independece, or anger towards Russians.

  20. VETO says:

    kHM !!!! Three last pics IS WRONG!!
    Last picture -Britisch Churchill tanks , served in Red Army !!!
    And higher AFTER war era -T-54 or T-55 !!!

  21. Rabbi Goldstein says:

    Better start making some more fake nazi warcrimes.

  22. Papa Karlo says:

    Of course Ukrainians were happy to be occupied by Germans! Who would not be? Just 2 years before, at least in Western Ukraine, which was occupied by the Soviet Union, communists took all private property from everybody, and killed everybody who protested!
    I challenge anybody, who has any private property, like a house, an apartment, a car: suppose a foreign country occupies your own country, and takes this house, or apartment, whatever, from you, without even compensating you a penny for it.
    Then another foreign country takes over, AND GIVES IT ALL BACK TO YOU!
    Anybody who says he would not be happy,
    IS A LIAR or a HYPOCRITE.

  23. Frank says:

    It was not that they liked the Germans all that much, but more about how much they hated the Soviets. After the war all those Soviet liberated countries did not feel that liberated as well. People sacrificed their lives to run away to the west.

  24. Victor says:

    В Крыму так же встречали бурятов в 2014,. Прошло два года… Разгон минтигующих казаков!!!, пенсионеров, учителей, медиков.

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