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A Potted Pathé History Of Ukraine

A screen shot of Ukrainian peasants from "The Harvesters' Song," a British Pathé news clip that was made in 1935
A screen shot of Ukrainian peasants from "The Harvesters' Song," a British Pathé news clip that was made in 1935
The recent announcement by the 20th-century newsreel maker British Pathé that it was uploading thousands of hours of its digitized footage to YouTube sparked a flurry of excitement among history buffs who were eager to delve into its unique collection of films covering major events of the past.
History, as they say, begets the present. Given Ukraine's place at the forefront of current world affairs, we decided to troll through British Pathé's vast film archive to see what clips there are from the East European country's past, which might shed some light on the situation that it finds itself in today:
1) The Harvesters' Song (1935)
There doesn't yet seem to be any Pathé footage available of Ukraine's Holodomor, the man-made famine orchestrated by the Soviet government, which killed millions of people in 1932-33.
This clip from a couple of years later paints a more idealized portrait of conditions in the "granary of Europe." It also mentions in passing the importance of "the Ukraine" to Moscow as well as its separatist leanings, both of which still seem eerily relevant today.

2) A Crimean Collective Farm (1939)
Here's another rose-tinted portrait of Soviet life from Crimea in 1939, portraying the modern methods and rewarding labor of collective farming.
It's interesting to note that the narrator refers to the region as "Tatar country." Although Moscow used the ethnic Russian inhabitants of Crimea as grounds for its annexation in March, no mention was made of the fact that the peninsula's indigenous Tatar population was deported en masse to Central Asia in 1944.

3) The Liberation Of Kyiv (1944)
As one of the epicenters of World War II, Ukraine arguably suffered more than most other countries during the conflict.
It's not surprising therefore that much of the rhetoric emanating from both the pro-Russian and Ukraine-unity sides in the current crisis often uses WWII as a frame of reference.
This compelling clip of the liberation of Kyiv from fascist Germany in 1944 helps illustrate why the harrowing events of that era still rouse such strong emotions more than seven decades later.

4) The Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster (1986)
One of the most traumatic events of Ukraine's postwar history is the Chornobyl nuclear meltdown.
This Pathé roundup of the devastating atomic accident in 1986 provides a decent precis of the disaster and the equally catastrophic response of the Soviet authorities.

5) The Orange Revolution (2004)
The roots of the Euromaidan can be traced back to the Orange Revolution nearly a decade earlier.
This clip shows Pathé covering all the bases in its report on the mass protests following a hotly disputed presidential election in 2004, which eventually swept reformist candidate Viktor Yushchenko to power ahead of pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovych in a repeat election.
The video's narrator rather optimistically describes these events as the birth of "another movement for democracy in Eastern Europe."
Political infighting, however, helped ensure that the Orange Revolution quickly ran out of steam, and Viktor Yanukovych eventually became president anyway when he succeeded Yushchenko in 2010.
His ouster following widespread protests over perceived corruption and abuse of power earlier this year is what precipitated the current crisis and brought us to the present impasse between east and west Ukraine.

  -- Coilin O'Connor
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Comment Sorting
by: Anonymous from: Milan
May 13, 2014 16:45
"""Holodomor, the man-made famine orchestrated by the Soviet government,""""

there isn't any historical evidence about what you said here

and yet you continue to to repeat it

only for propaganda purposes

this is misinformation!
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by: mykry from: US
May 13, 2014 19:37
"isn't any historical evidence (of the famine)"
Your kidding, right?
Read the facts, the numerous eye witness accounts, the links to various memoirs, the government reports, the various resource websites.

Or check this:
for images, books, etc.

Or check this for the movie:

Or check this for accounts on video:

If you want more on thousands of articles or good books just let me know. I'll be happy to provide...
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by: John Cox from: Auckland, New Zealand
May 14, 2014 05:28
There is a huge amount of evidence of the atrocities committed by the Communist regime in the Soviet Union. The deliberate and/or negligent famines throughout the country was only a part of it.

Putin's Russia uses propaganda of such an appallingly blatant nature that many people are actually falling for it. He is every bit as successful as Goebbels.

I hope you are proud of faithfully serving the 21st century's equivalent of Nazi Germany.
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by: poktik from: canada
May 15, 2014 02:30
the famine was orchestrated in moscow. the goal was to deplete the ukrainian population in eastern ukraine and refill it with russians. it was lebensraum. now the descendants of those russians are being used to rip ukraine apart.

by: Anonymous
May 13, 2014 17:02
"""peninsula's indigenous Tatar population"""

TAtars aren't indigenous , they are from central asia
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by: mykry from: us
May 13, 2014 19:49
The Tatars of Crimea go back to around the 1200's---just a mere 600 years before the Russian invasion and annexation around 1785. Compared to the Russians, the Tatars are indigenous.
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by: Bill
May 14, 2014 06:05
The Rus era Slavs were in Crimea before the Tatars. The latter established a slave trading entity against Slavs and others.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 15, 2014 00:11
Russians were not there!
Ukrainian Sarmatians and Skifians, forbearers of Saxons were
long before Slavs passed through Ukraine to East Europe!
Slavs are not Russians!
Viking-Varag apes ("The 13-th Warior" movie) killed all Russians, leaving few pregnant gang-raped women to
produce serfs of Russia, later mixed with Mongols.
They are even not Slavs!
Last Skiffs from Crimea and South Ukraine were given political shelter by Georgia, because of genocide by Viking-Varag

by: Baldurdasche from: canada
May 14, 2014 20:32
Two observations:

First the obvious massive rebuilding after WW2 and second, the observation that burning buildings to-day look much like they did in 1945.

Who would want to revisit that time and whatever for?

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 14, 2014 22:27
"British Pathe" documentary archive of British Empire?
British dish made from liver of Ukrainian people for Russia?
I do not think that British think today the same way they did when Russians, "reds" and "whites", instigated British Empire help Russians be seen also as Empire and lie for Russia.
It was the time when British made believe that Ukrainians
were Indians, turned subjects of "Great Russian Empire".
Our days, I hope, British is not a colonial empire anymore
and they know that Saxons came once from Ukraine, Ings
came from border of Ingushetia and Georgia and Russians
are controlled by usurpers, Viking-Varag from "The 13-th
Warier", advised by Moscow Prussians.
Than it became apparent that the collection of propaganda
documentaries, made in 1930-th and during WW2, even
more when Russians in 1954-56 made pact with British and
"Bechtel" is slander by Nazi Russia of imperial resurrection,
with help of British history", made by surrogate Russian spies from RFE/RL, against Ukrainian independence!

Song of the Harvesters.
It is rather simple, before 1936 Ukraine was independent,
but badly damaged by Russian Nazi occupation of cannibals
influx for 300 years plus Lenin's pogroms and cleansings.
Russian influx was still controlling some parts of Eastern
Ukraine, as they do now, intimidating Ukrainian majority.
In 1932-33 shortage of food was all over the World.
CIS, nominally invaded by Russian armies of bandits didn't
follow advises of Stalin and other non-Russians.
While they have to help each other with food supply, ethnic
Russians in controlled by force Ukrainian villages expropriated all food, even spices, hanging on windows, and last pound
of "salo" under the floor, put guard on both end of one street villages and killed by bullets people trying leave homes for
some lives in trees and frozen potato in the fields. Russians
made sure most of them dead, to breed Russia in their land.
It wasn't yet USSR then, and even when it was, Russians did
what their bestial hate wanted.
In 1935 Ukrainians still had hope that they will build free nation, and they had no choice but keep-up their spirit and
sing - WW2 was coming and they would defend their Freedom. By the way, their songs were one of the best and they like to sing - what is your point?
Are you saying they loved be occupied by bloody Russia?

A Crimean Collective farm.
Tatar republic felt the same way as Ukrainians.
They were never Russians, or wanted to be, they also
hoped to restore their nationhood, but as all other nations
fell victims of Russian treachery.
Russia brought Nazi Germany to USSR, Russian army of
Vlasov in South Ukraine join Nazi Germany and put many
nations and nationalities at mercy of Nazis, instigated by
Vlasov and alike to kill them, or get Germans some men to fight war.
The same treasonous Russia used their own treason after WW2 to pin it on such non-Russians and deport them, so that
Russians will breed in their land and houses, specially after
Spring of 1947, placing Stalin under house arrest and reversing restoration of CIS, due to 1936 Constitution.

The Liberation of Kiev.

(will continue)

by: Anonymous
May 15, 2014 14:22
this link (as others form this very source) cannot be accessed:

suffered more than most other countries during the conflict.

check it if you like. in some articles with links of ""-links result in nothingness.
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by: Moderator
May 15, 2014 16:14
Is it possible that the site in question might be blocked from your location? The hyperlink seems to be working fine here in Prague... Or perhaps it might be a browser issue (maybe try using another browser just in case)? Thanks very much for your feedback in any event.

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