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    Major Martin Manhoff spent more than two years in the Soviet Union in the early 1950s, serving as assistant army attaché at the U.S. Embassy, which was located just off Red Square at the beginning of his time in Moscow. He took full advantage of his post, using his gifted photographic eye to capture hundreds of images of everyday life in Moscow and across the U.S.S.R.
    When he left the country in 1954 amid accusations of espionage, Major Manhoff took with him reels of 16 millimeter film and hundreds of color slides and negatives he shot during his travels – including of one of the Soviet Union's pivotal events, Josef Stalin's funeral.
    But after his return to the United States, the trove of rare images lay forgotten, stored in cardboard boxes in a former auto body shop in the Pacific Northwest until its discovery by a Seattle-based historian.
    http://www.rferl.org/a/the-manhoff-a.../28359558.html

  • #2
    Really cool footage, thanks for posting!

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    • #3
      Everyone looks like they're on their way to a funeral.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by flamming_python View Post
        Everyone looks like they're on their way to a funeral.
        That's because they actually are, at least in the last video

        What I found interesting is the footage of many wide avenues with very little vehicle traffic - try finding that now in Moscow.....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Aradan View Post

          That's because they actually are, at least in the last video

          What I found interesting is the footage of many wide avenues with very little vehicle traffic - try finding that now in Moscow.....
          Yeah I meant to say - in the vids before the last one too. Were they mourning for Stalin before he actually died? Or were those shot after his funeral too?

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          • #6
            20mil people perished through stalins rule- ideas...
            Never mind what colours or presentation-appearance, it needs to be put in to perspective of impact on people.

            Appears not many have learned?

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            • #7
              Millions of executions and not one on these videos.i'm dissapointed.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nomenestomen View Post
                Millions of executions and not one on these videos.i'm dissapointed.
                6mil done in the name of one or the other... oy wey...

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                • #9
                  Air Forces Day 1951



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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nomenestomen View Post
                    Millions of executions and not one on these videos.i'm dissapointed.
                    20 mln stalin's victims, russian hackers in american elections and trump - putin's agent - information of the same degree of creditability.

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                    • #11
                      Victory Parade 1945



                      Potsdam Conference 1945

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by merk666 View Post
                        20 mln stalin's victims, russian hackers in american elections and trump - putin's agent - information of the same degree of creditability.
                        Meth?
                        Commie loving?
                        What is it brother?

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                        • #13
                          Some rare pre-war stuff:


                          Red Army Parade 1935



                          Sports Parade 1938



                          Sports Parade 1939



                          Young Pioneer camp Artek 1940

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nomenestomen View Post
                            Millions of executions and not one on these videos.i'm dissapointed.

                            Get along with the program bro - those "millions" are a byproduct of poor research methodology by Western historians mixed together with some Cold War political expediency.

                            Due to the release of Soviet archives in the 90s, most historians now agree that the number of those ordered executed is ~700k.
                            So please, no more hyperbole. Mmmmk?


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                            • #15
                              Things sure looked kinda bleak in the waning years of Stalinism. I suppose the enormous toll taken by the great war a few years earlier was still being felt too.

                              Here's Moscow, USSR after its de-Stalinization and things were back in proper shape, in the early 1960's, for comparison's sake:

                              Things were rather bustling until the stagnation a few decades later, when it again started to look sort of bleak. The USSR went through so many wildly different periods, which is a contributing factor to the Soviet nostalgia you see over there to this day (many people still remember times when things were all stable and good, and they haven't quite recovered from the effects of the capitalist shock of the 1990's yet.)

                              Originally posted by Aradan View Post
                              Get along with the program bro - those "millions" are a byproduct of poor research methodology by Western historians mixed together with some Cold War political expediency.

                              Due to the release of Soviet archives in the 90s, most historians now agree that the number of those ordered executed is ~700k.
                              So please, no more hyperbole. Mmmmk?
                              Stalin's great terror is estimated to have killed from 700,000 up to 1 million, at most. Most of it is fairly well-documented, actually.

                              Make no mistake, the man totally lost the plot on numerous occasions and the "Stalinist system" was truly messed up, but some things were greatly exaggerated abroad for obvious reasons.

                              Like, by far most GULAG prisoners weren't political opponents or whatever that some people apparently believe, but your everyday run of the mill criminals, ranging from thieves and murderers to rapists.

                              Likewise, the NKVD's chief assignment wasn't to hunt down and kill or torture critics, but to conduct general policing/law enforcement, traffic surveillance, firefighting, disaster relief and what have you.

                              All in all, most "accepted facts" are at the very least highly lacking in nuance, many are outright false even. Anyway, it sure wasn't heaven on earth during Stalinism and the repression definitely did reach horrific levels at times.
                              Last edited by moosefoot; 30-04-2017, 12:48 AM.

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