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The Soviet Story [DVD]

Edvins Snore    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Edvins Snore
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Subtitled
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Joiningthedots.TV
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L5JMKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe's most murderous regime has never been told. Until now...
Filmed over two years and researched over ten, Film-maker Edvins Snore presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history. Drawing on interviews with experts and testimonies from witnesses and victims who experienced the terror first hand.

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This is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an indrustial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe's most murderous regime has never been told. Until now. Filmed over two years and researched by over ten people, Film-maker Edvins Snore presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history. Drawing on interviews with experts and testimonies from witnesses and victims who experienced the terror first hand. 2 DVD - 30 Language subtitle edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SHOULD BE SHOWN IN EVERY SCHOOL WORLDWIDE 25 July 2010
Format:DVD
This DVD should be made available to every school and TV station in the world. You often see the message "This is a Warning from History". Well 'The Soviet Story' is truly that.
We in the 'West' often have a lob-sided view of history and especially of World War Two having a media that forever harps on Hitler and the Nazis and gives the impression that all was rosy in the Soviet Union from 1917 until the 1990's.In fact the Soviet Union was a gigantic Concerntration and Death Camp for most of its history, killing 30 times as many people then Hitler ever did, starting in 1917 and until the 1990's. This DVD exposes the links between the NKVD (later the KGB) and the Gestapo. Who do you think had a written pact to teach the Gestapo how to torture to the ninth degree and shared their plans on building Concerntration and Death Camps? Stalin's Terror Police, and it was happening long before the War even started. Never forget Stalin was Hitler's ally 150 percent until June 1941. The Soviets invaded Poland on 17th September 1939 and took half of Polish lands and never gave them back. Its now part of the Ukraine.
I know this DVD is available and I cannot explain why Amazon don't have it. A friend loaned me his to watch and it was the latest version with numerous,in fact 30, sub-titled laguages. Was a two disc set,mainly because of the subtitles.
It is time Amazon stocked this item.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excllent 12 July 2010
By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
saw a polish subtitled version of this so managed to catch about 80% of it. some interviews I missed as there was no English translation on the version I watched, even so I learned many things I didnt know and saw evidence for some things I did. well worth a look to anyone interested in how the germans and russia and had worked before barbarossa. will probably buy a full english version when its released
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get a copy 8 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Essential for an understanding of modern European history. A tip: this DVD can be acquired
via Amazon Germany (well, via reference to different dealers) - with all the subtitle-options
available there should be no language barrier. Don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Left's Conveniently Forgotten History 9 April 2011
By Lance Grundy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Written and directed by the Latvian film maker and Master of Political Science, Edvīns Šnore, "The Soviet Story" is an impassioned plea, on behalf of the millions of people murdered by Stalin and the Soviet Union, for people in the West to condemn Soviet crimes as emphatically as they do Nazi crimes. After all, both regimes murdered people on an industrial scale. They had so much in common politically and ideologically that even though National Socialist Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ended the Second World War as enemies, they started the conflict as allies - which isn`t that surprising when, as this film makes clear, the ideological roots of both the Nazi and Bolshevik movements lie in a similar form of collectivist, anti-individualistic, socialism.

Being a Latvian, Šnore understands these similarities only too well. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Latvia was occupied firstly by the Soviet Union in June 1940, then by the forces of Nazi Germany in 1941 and then once more by the Soviet Union in 1944-45. Latvia did not regain its independence until 1991, meaning it was occupied by the two totalitarian powers for a total of fifty-one years. Latvians, like many other people in Eastern Europe whose countries were occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviets, have had plenty of time to reflect on the similarities between the two political systems. The Nazis murdered on racial grounds, the Soviets murdered on the basis of class. Other than that, as this film shows, the differences between the two regimes were negligible.
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