Russia’s War is an important and in-depth account of the nation’s history throughout the period of Joseph Stalin’s rule (1924-53). Told in ten parts, this astonishing documentary reveals eyewitness stories, archival photography, documents and footage, and gives a remarkable insight what led to the death of sixty-five million Soviets during Stalin’s reign of terror.
Russia's War, Blood Upon the Snow: The History of the Stalin Years (1924-1953)
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(Nov 24, 2009)
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If you're interested in history and want an excellent treatment of humanity's most destructive undertaking (to date), I highly recommend this DVD.
it brought me to my knees emotionally to reconsider what dictatorial madness, human betrayal, miscalculation of the spirit of evil, and worldwide governmental blunders do cause: incalculable tragedy for innocent men, women and children. for me these incredible chapters were expertly crafted into a story i knew about, that is the stalin years, and will now not forget any and every day for the rest of my life.
i am now 60 years old. for all my life i have asked with all my heart and being one question over and over! "how could people be so cruel to others." i now, with this incredible and powerful documentary have a part of an answer. people choose to be cruel and others stand by and allow it to happen. they often join in; while others stand by and watch.
According to this series, Juliet was wrong. He wasn't a jerk at all. He knew exactly what he was doing and why -- except that almost every decision he made was ethically wrong.
Ditto for the Nazis. They "liberated" places like the Ukraine and were welcomed but they soon revealed their true nature by treating the inhabitants as slaves and executing all the Jews and other undesirables.
But the point of view here is not the Germans' but Stalin's. After the purges of the 1930s, which killed off most of his generals and, in fact, anyone who could be considered a rival for power, he went on killing others. They included Russian POWs who might have been tainted by fascist ideology. That included women and children who had been slave laborers under Hitler. Partisans with any popular appeal disappeared, although they had fought for the Motherland.
The generals who had won the war for him were afterwards sent to a symbolic Siberia, if they weren't executed. "Blocking units" of soldiers were ordered to shoot down penal battalions who refused to walk across mine fields and thus clear them.
It's an incredible story. Juliet was right in a moral sense. Few people could have been more of a "jerk." But, pragmatically, his personality was conflated with the winning of the Great Patriotic War. At his death, he was genuinely grieved.
This series is laid out in similar format to the World at War, with each episode covering a specific subject, beginning from when Stalin first came to power until his death. Also, as with the World at War, if you blink you will miss something; the wealth of information and images are just riveting.
There is an incredible amount of real footage, and as far as I know, only one recreation in the entire series. There are also numerous interviews, including a brief appearance from Vasily Zaitsev. Not interviews with analysts, but with actual participants. Had this series not been produced, and these interviews recorded, so much would have been lost. They are not always pleasant to view, but they are candid. There is also some attention paid to the Russian women who fought in every capacity during WWII. Who would have ever thought that there would be a need for a team at the back of the troops to shoot people who turned and ran from battle???
I have already recommended this dvd to several friends and purchased one for my sister; I have watched the entire thing twice and I know that I still have not caught every image or absorbed everything that this dvd has to offer. It would be well worth it at twice the price.
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