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War of the Century 

Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.
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Samuel West ...  Himself - Narrator 4 episodes, 1999
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In 1941, Nazi Germany, seemingly near invincible in its military might despite its failure to break the UK in the Battle of Britain, makes one of its most disastrous military moves. Despite the danger of a two front war and the existence of a non-aggression pact, Hitler orders the full scale invasion of the Soviet Union. This series explores the reasons for this undertaking, its vicious nature on both sides and the general series of events of the bloodiest theater of the war that would ultimately turn the tide in the fight against the Third Reich. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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ABC [Australia]

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UK | Germany

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2000 (USA) See more »

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Hitlers Krieg im Osten See more »

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(4 parts) | (4 episodes) | (3 episodes)
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A propaganda movie
6 June 2016 | by gennadylevitskySee all my reviews

It is basically a propaganda movie. It depicts the war on the Eastern front as a struggle between two evils: Hitler and Stalin (or, in more general terms, between Nazis and Communists) completely ignoring the fact who was the aggressor and who was the victim. In order to promote their ideology of "two evils" and brainwash the viewers the authors of the movie often manipulate the facts, ignoring some of them and exaggerating others. For instance, in the second part, when the movie deals with the occupied Ukraine, it presents German occupation authorities and Soviet partisans as the "two evils" who commit all the crimes against locals while, at the same time, it shows Ukrainian nationalists (UPA) (the "third force") as the "good guys" fighting "the bad" ones. In reality Ukrainian Resurrection Army committed a lot of horrible atrocities: it massacred civilian Polish population and wiped off entire villages in Galicia and Volhyn, many members of that army served Nazis and willingly participated in mass murder of the Jewish population in Western Ukraine. The movie is mute about those facts and when it shows the village with the massacred inhabitants and presents it as a crime committed by the Soviet partisans I am more than sure that it was rather a work of the Ukrainian nationalists (and the victims were, most likely, Poles). Anyone who doubts it can look at wikipedia to see how many Polish villages "good guys" destroyed exactly the same way. This is just one "inaccuracy" out of many. Overall, such unconstrained propaganda destroys what could be an interesting and educational movie about WWII.


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