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Everyday Ukrainian Life in 1942 Depicted Through Fifty Color Photos
Written by Danica Radisic On 31 January 2014 @ 1:01 am | 2 Comments
In English, History, Photography, Quick Reads, Ukraine, War & Conflict
As anti-government protests  that started on November 21, 2013, burden Ukrainian life today, a vintage photo blog takes a look back on another harsh period of the country's history – through 52 amazing color photographs  [photo] of everyday life in Ukraine in 1942.
In 1942, like many other European countries, Ukraine was under Nazi occupation. As InfoUkes reminds  readers:
Hitler appointed the Nazi philosopher Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946) head of the Ostministerium (East Ministry) in charge of administering the territory of Ukraine. Before the war Rosenberg was pro-Ukrainian and anti-Muscovite (Russian). He planned to establish a Greater Ukraine state taking territory from Western Russia. However, Hitler had a different idea. He thought Ukrainians should get no preferential treatment and personally appointed Erich Koch to rule Reichskommissariat Ukraine (eastern Ukraine) with an iron fist.
Koch, as a member of the superior German Herrenvolk master race, started a reign of terror and oppression in Ukraine. Koch often said that the Ukrainian people were inferior to the Germans, that Ukrainians were half-monkeys, and that Ukrainians “must be handled with the whip like the negroes.” He once said that “no German soldiers would die for these niggers [Ukrainians].”
The photos on Vintage Everyday, however, show a different side of the story. However cruel the times, people have a tendency to do everything in their power to lead normal lives, even in a Nazi-occupied Ukraine and with World War II raging on all fronts.
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 anti-government protests: https://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/ukraines-euromaiden-protests/
 52 amazing color photographs: http://www.vintag.es/2014/01/amazing-color-photographs-of-everyday.html
 InfoUkes reminds: http://www.infoukes.com/history/ww2/page-13.html
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