Civilian life in occupied Soviet Union in photos & documents

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Post by Larrister » 26 Jul 2010 04:31

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Post by Larrister » 26 Jul 2010 04:32

Boys with dog.
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Post by Vikki » 26 Jul 2010 05:42

What a nice looking dog, Larry!

Of course the other pictures are great, but you know what I notice first. :wink:

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Post by Larrister » 26 Jul 2010 09:17

Vikki wrote:What a nice looking dog, Larry!

Of course the other pictures are great, but you know what I notice first. :wink:

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Hi Vikki

I knew you would like the dog. :D

Here's another from the album that you will like.
Caption underneath: "Russische Familie" (Russian family).

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Post by Svetlana Karlin » 26 Jul 2010 09:43

Larry,

The goats are fun! :D

The old man looks Jewish to me: the demeanor and beard style. It seems he's wearing an armband on his right hand. Gomel had a large Jewish community.

Some Bundesarchiv pictures from this source: http://www.v-like-vintage.net/en/discov ... ch=ukraine

Poltava area. The photo looks staged to me, probably for propaganda purposes. It shows typical holiday dress in rural Ukraine. Also, traditionally, married women covered their heads, while unmarried girls didn't. The latter commonly wore ribbons in their hair.
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The same group with German soldiers.
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Soldiers flirting with a pretty girl.
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Post by Svetlana Karlin » 26 Jul 2010 10:10

More Bundesarchiv pictures from the same source.

Women repairing a Ukrainian house ('khata'). The Bundesarchiv caption says 'mud hut construction', but it looks more like a spot repair.
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A village house in Poltava area. HQs of 6th Army in 1942. The Bundesarchiv caption dates it September, but I think the dating is a bit off.
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Post by history1 » 26 Jul 2010 11:13

Linkar wrote: My translation of the photo captions with help of a dictionary:
I. Russian civilians retreat with us.
II. Endangered Russians are being taken to safety
A minor (?) correction of the second caption:
Dangerous Russians are beeing taken to safety.
Is this referring to the picture with the thoughtful soldier who leads the mother with the girls? If yes, then the soldier presumarly know what will await them.
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Post by Larrister » 26 Jul 2010 11:14

Hi Linkar

Nice color photos of traditional rural dress. :D

I believe you may be correct about the old man being a Jew. I had not looked close enough at the photo and he does have an armband around his right wrist.

Here's another in the series which I believe shows Jews as well. The man carrying the pails wears an armband on his right arm as does the man behind him.

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Post by history1 » 26 Jul 2010 12:10

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Hi Larry,
your image in the left upper corner shows the "G" for Heinz Guderians 2nd Panzergruppe
http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=2058
under it is a troop label of one of his units, showing a knight fist. Sadly I don´t remember the unit.

And thank´s for sharing this great album with us!

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Post by Larrister » 27 Jul 2010 09:17

history1 wrote:Image
Hi Larry,
your image in the left upper corner shows the "G" for Heinz Guderians 2nd Panzergruppe
http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=2058
under it is a troop label of one of his units, showing a knight fist. Sadly I don´t remember the unit.

And thank´s for sharing this great album with us!

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Thanks for posting the link, much appreciated. :D

I am familiar with the "G" symbol for Panzergruppe Guderian but wasn't sure about the mailed fist symbol. I was under the impression that it was the 78 Sturm Division but that didn't come into being until 1 January 1943 from 78 Inf. Division.

My photo is from the 1941-42 period.

Then I remembered that I had posted the symbol at WA for discussion some time ago (my memory is slipping) and was
told it is the symbol of Korps-Nachrichten Abt. 424 which was part of Panzergruppe Guderian from June 1941 to May 1942.

More photos from the album. Ladies with baskets rest and talk.

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Post by Larrister » 27 Jul 2010 09:19

Men and boys.
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Post by Larrister » 27 Jul 2010 09:21

Males of all ages wore caps.
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Post by Larrister » 27 Jul 2010 09:27

Cute kids wrapped up against winter cold.
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Post by Svetlana Karlin » 28 Jul 2010 09:44

Larry,

What a great set of photos of civilians! The women and children look completely unafraid of the German(s) who took the pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

A set of color photos of Kharkov (Kharkiv, Charkow), Ukraine, during the German occupation from http://lt.internets.ru/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=51 and http://www.v-like-vintage.netThe photographer is Hermann Hoeffke, and his photos can be found on various websites.

Street scene.
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Posters in a shop window.
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Under a Hitler portrait.
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When I figure out how to compress the other photos, I will post more.
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Post by Larrister » 28 Jul 2010 23:14

Linkar wrote:Larry,

What a great set of photos of civilians! The women and children look completely unafraid of the German(s) who took the pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

A set of color photos of Kharkov (Kharkiv, Charkow), Ukraine, during the German occupation from http://lt.internets.ru/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=51 and http://www.v-like-vintage.netThe photographer is Hermann Hoeffke, and his photos can be found on various websites.

Street scene.
00015q7y.jpg
Posters in a shop window.
Posters.jpg
Under a Hitler portrait.
UnderPortrait.jpg
When I figure out how to compress the other photos, I will post more.
My pleasure. :D

I really like the posters color photo you posted.

The Korps-Nachrichten-Abt. 424 album is a treasure trove of photos showing the lives of Russian civilians. It has many great military-related photos as well.

Here's more from the album.

A woman washing clothes in a creek.
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