Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Noted Review: Shockingly True and NOT for the Faint of Heart

Snore, Edvins. The Soviet Story (15 Languages). New York: Perry Street Advisors LLC, 2008. DVD video. $24.95. (A 2-disc set in 30 languages is now available.) (N)

At university, I majored in mathematics and history. Historically, I was drawn to Germany and Japan during WWII. I always suspected Nazi-Soviet collaboration, but not to the extent exposed in this film.

The Soviet Story tells the long-hidden tale of social engineering, grain confiscation, planned famine and the holocaust-like starvation of a people. How was the gruesome death of seven million people in one year covered up for this long?

A Video Sampler:


This is a film for Americans (and others) that need to be shocked to reality with the truth about Marxism, Socialism, Communism, and their modern incarnations. No, Hitler was not a "right winger." The name of his Nazi party began with "National Socialist" and the red of the famous flag was chosen to attract Communists.

Seven million died in the USSR because Ukrainian grain was exported in 1932-3. This was a pattern that led to 20 million dead in the Soviet Union. The film argues that the cover-up was done because the USSR was a WWII ally.

Steel your stomachs. Unshield your eyes. And don't watch this film just before bed.

Product Description:
The 1st edition DVD release of the award-winning documentary by director Edvins Snore which tells the story of the Soviet regime and how the Soviet Union helped Nazi Germany instigate the Holocaust. Other subjects covered by the film include:
- The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33)
- The Katyn massacre (1940)
- The SS-KGB partnership
- French Communists and the Nazis
- Soviet mass deportations
- Medical experiments in the GULAG.

The Soviet Story was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. The film includes recently uncovered archive documents as well as interviews with former Soviet Military intelligence officials. As a result, The Soviet Story presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history, told by people, once Soviet citizens, who have first-hand knowledge of it. The Soviet Story also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe. Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp.

The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and realpolitik. The DVD contains the full 85 minute documentary feature, 25 minutes of bonus interviews, and a full color film booklet. The film is in English and this DVD edition includes subtitles in 15 languages: Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian (the subtitles are selected via a menu screen). The DVD is new, factory-sealed, NTSC Region 0 and shipped direct from the films producer. This edition is for Private Home Use. Libraries, Community Groups/Clubs, Universities, Endowments, etc. must purchase the appropriate licensed edition by emailing films (dot) perrystreetadvisors (dot)com. PAL format DVDs also available.
I would recommend on future releases a version that could be shown to younger audiences and more squeamish adults. Perhaps that is something that filmmakers learned from Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

Pray for the persecuted Church as well as those under modern atheistic totalitarian regimes. Prepare yourselves for intelligent historical, political, and sociological discussions with unsantized historical truth.

The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.