Putin’s Crimea film borrows from Nazi propaganda film about Sudetenland

Adolf Hitler addresses the Reichstag on the 11th December 1941 after declaring war on the United States

Adolf Hitler addresses the Reichstag on the 11th December 1941 after declaring war on the United States  

2015/05/04 • Politics

Article by: Nina Jobe

It turns out that the Kremlin is not that creative.  According to an article posted online on 29 March 2015, the Kremlin’s recent propaganda film celebrating the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea [“Crimea. The Way Home”], borrows heavily from a 1939 Nazi propaganda film about Sudetenland.

The creators of the Russian propaganda film “Crimea. The Way Home” which was filmed on the anniversary of the occupation of the peninsula by troops of the Russian Federation, was inspired by a 1939 German film, dedicated to the occupation of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

Even the 1939 film’s title “German Sudetenland Returns Home” is mimicked by the Kremlin, the article says.

The film describes how as a result of the unfair Treaty of Versailles the Germans of Austria-Hungary became part of Czechoslovakia, and how justice was then done in 1939. Much of what is heard in the Nazi’s agitprop film is virtually identical to what the Russian media write today and what is shown on Russian television.

A 10-minute clip from the German film is currently available online.

“In 1918 the Germans of Austria and the Sudetenland Germans were in favor of joining the German homeland. But they are still divided from one another. German Austria became an independent state. German Sudetenland was forced to enter into a multinational state.

So a never-ending grief has come to our Sudeten brothers. 20 years of Czechs rule has made a once flourishing province into an impoverished territory. Factories are closed, one in three Germans out of work and starving. Endless misery is suffered by our Sudeten brothers,” says the German film.

The next voice-over talks about meetings, which were conducted by the Sudeten Germans, led by Konrad Henlein, fighting for their “right to be German” and that Prague has long provoked Germany and tried to ignite a war in Europe.

“The Czech authorities with the help of ruthless violence want to further enslave the Sudeten population. Cannons and guns are wielded by the Czech military. Tens of thousands of refugees, German brothers, cross the border and seek refuge in the Reich.”

The article continues drawing parallels between the two films:

“…in the Russian film “Crimea. The Way Home”, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the inhabitants of the peninsula were suffering from Ukrainian oppression.

“We cannot leave this are and the people who live there to fend for themselves, under the rule of nationalists,” he said in the interview. Putin also said that they had occupied Crimea only because the Crimean population wished it. In his film, the Russians, like the Nazis, claimed that the government in Kyiv was preparing to massacre of the inhabitants of Crimea.

“Almost the same tricks and manipulation are used in both of the propaganda films,” the article states.

“…the German film explains how the leader of the Sudeten Germans Konrad Henlein organised German units “militias” and tens of thousands of Germans “volunteered to defend their homeland against the excesses of the Czech military clique”. Nearly similar statements are heard in the movie “Crimea. The Way Home”, created with the Kremlin’s money.

In his speech, the leader of the Sudeten Germans, Konrad Henlein says:

“For 20 years we were forced to live in a country we do not like. To which we do not belong. Which was only done to cheat our people.”

The article continues, “The exact same statements can be heard with respect to Ukraine by Russian propagandists.”  And concludes:

Some shots of the German film of the Sudetenland are painfully reminiscent of the events of Spring 2014 in Crimea and the Donbas. They tear down Czech flags and signs from the homes of the Sudeten Germans, and hang instead Hitler’s swastika. Symbols of the Nazi Party were placed on Czech license plates. The same thing was done today by the separatists in Luhansk and Donetsk, who glued their own symbols over the Ukrainian flag on license plates.

And both the German and Russian films argue that the populations of the annexed territories gladly met occupation troops as liberators.

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Source: Nina Jobe’s blog

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  • W8post

    1) In the German film one can hear that the interviews are staged. (unnatural acting voices)
    2) The Crimeans had to eat before the little green men invaded their territory (wine, heath care and tourism); now they are suffering of starvation because the only money coming in is from Russian tourist with devaluated Rubles. Some Euros are coming in from German dickheads and Italian sailors bunking for gas in Sevastopol.

    • Jack McColley

      You must be wrong. A troll wrote recently that the average income in Krim has gone up 5 times under Russian Rule, and tourism has doubled with so many Russians visiting.

      • Jack McColley

        Would a troll really lie?

        • W8post

          Of course not…

    • Jack McColley

      And now it is reported Donbas is in a state of complete economic collapse. Russia certainly does a wonderful job reducing the populace of conquered territories to a level of subsistence living, completely enslaved by the few rubles handed out by their masters in Russia. What a sorry country.

  • Jens A

    I don’t think that Putler’s propaganda thugs used the old propaganda movie as model. I much more convinced that they think the same way and act the same way as the role model. That makes a movie much the same.

    • Jack McColley

      Tell a large enough lie, and tell it often enough, the masses will believe it.

      • Jens A

        Good quote. I think it is from Goebbles. Appropriate in this case.

        • Jack McColley

          I remember when Yanokovich and his cronies imprisoned Tymoshenko. The comments made by many in Ukraine were that she must have been guilty of something or they wouldn’t have so many charges against her. Russia is doing the same thing with Shavchenko. Pile up the false charges and people will begin to believe the person charged must be guilty of something. It’s a sad sick society.

  • Dirk Smith

    Old news I guess since the muscovite vermin have always stolen and taken. The main reason russia will always remain a regional power and a third-world country.

    • Jens A

      Through ages, Russians have been admirering the West and tried to copy the West, but usually without much luck. If you want to copy a car and you don’t like “wheels”, it is doomed not to work! Russia tried to copy Western economy, but forgot to include transparency and a trustworthy legal system and long term investments simply don’t work out without the whole “package”. I wonder when the Russians will find out and oust their Vozd?

      • commieslayer

        Russia was built from the beginning of the Muskovy kindgom on an asiatic model of despotism. It is quite different from Kievan Rus, whose history they tried to usurp. Herein lies the source of their incapacity to democratize.

        • Yuriy

          I was under impression (correct me, if I am mistaken) that Kievan Rus became “Kievan” after Oleg moved his capital there from Novgorod. Counting that Novgorod is closer to Moscow than to Kiev, I doubt there is a much of a difference between the two.

          • Adam Olszewski

            Actually in times of Oleg, Moscow and Zalesje Rus didn’t yet exist.

            There were 2 Rus: Southern and Northern. Northern shows numerous similarities to Western Slavs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Novgorod_dialect.
            Zalesje Rus and Moscow has been found later by settlements of migrants, mostly from Southern Rus, among Finnish and Turkish tribes.

          • commieslayer

            Exactly. And Novgorod didn’t have much to do with Moscow, which usurped their influence. Moscow grew through dirty deeds made with the remnants of the Golden Horde. Of course Russian propaganda did its utmost to rewrite that history, but their lies don’t hold any water outside of Russia.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            One set of nuclear depth charges would do wonders along the San Andreas fault.

      • Jack McColley

        When I first went to Ukraine in 2001, my driver said Russia tried to make a good car, and finally gave up and stole plans for an American car, and they even made that poorly. Such a sorry country.

        • Jens A

          But don’t forget that there are many very clever and entrepreneurish Russians. Tupolev made very fine designs. Problem is, that their leaders always mess up everything if they are not even stealing everything from the people. In such an environment, a Henry Ford or a Steven Jobs would never ever have a chance. But once the Russians finally scrap the authoritarian leadership, they have a lot of resources and will for sure prosper. Now they have an idiot at top who’s only top quality is his ability to make even the best of friends his enemies.

          • W8post

            One of the better ones…

          • Jens A

            Not really high tech and yes, it has been exported big time. Not really something to be proud of. How about exporting something that can SAVE lives or IMPROVE lives? But that is something Russia need to import.

          • commieslayer

            And so many of their most accomplished scientists, inventors and artists are actually Ukrainian. Any honest Russian knows that Ukraine was the brains of the Soviet Union.

          • Jens A

            Of course. Ukraine was the second biggest part of the USSR. The point is, that Russia (imperial) and the USSR have had so little gain from their very talented people. Korolev was a long time in the gold mines of Kolyma. Was that the best way for him to help his country? Tupolev had to make computer control systems while calling them something else, because the system prohibited computers. Was it good for the USSR to prohibit research in computers? etc. etc. etc.

          • Jack McColley

            When was the last time a Russian won a Nobel Prize for anything? I don’t think they have one for Aggression and Terrorism.

          • Jens A

            Solshenitsyn got it. I think some of them got it in physics. Don’t underestimate Russia. They have a lot of talent. Their problem is that their leadership always waste it.

          • Jack McColley

            And they have a history of persecuting and murdering all their intellectuals becaluse they are smart enough to understand the evil nature of their government.

          • Jens A

            Exactly! But there are many fine Russians. Unfortunately none of them are in the government.

          • Melp

            many of them live in berlin-charlottenburg^^

          • Jack McColley

            And their musicians. Tchaikovsky was born and raised in Ukraine. He is NOT Russian.

      • Michaelinlondon1234

        Nuke Washington would solve all your problems.

        • Jens A

          Statements like that come only from lunatics.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            The US is quite happy to drop bombs on other peoples countries. Why can I not wish the same for the US?

          • Jens A

            Go to a place where some nice people in white uniforms will take good care of you. That is best for us all, you inclusive.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            So we both agree some one should nuke Washington. I am glad you agree.

          • Jens A

            As I said, you are a lunatic

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            You came here to abuse a group of people and a country. All I have done is exactly the same.

          • Jens A

            Nød ret tour kopek from Vova

          • commieslayer

            This guy Michaelinlondon1234 is either a paid pro-Putin poster or a mental case, probably both.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            Statements like this came from the US government as propaganda in the 60’s and 70’s. All I have done is invert it.

          • Jens A

            Go play with you self somewhere far away

    • commieslayer

      Soviet and Nazi propaganda were very similar from the beginning. They always borrowed from each other: Goebbels from Stalin, now Putin from Goebbles… There never was that great of a difference between the two regimes, despite their latter hatred of each other. At the beginning, of course, they were the best of friends — it is that friendship that started WW2, a war whose disastrous consequences aren’t over yet.

      • Michaelinlondon1234

        One nuclear missile would do wonders in New york.

  • Michaelinlondon1234

    The only way Russia is going to be free of American imperial ambition is to nuke Washington or kill every American in Russia.

  • Jack McColley

    It pleases me that Michaelinlondon1234, our local troll, is being ignored by everyone. He filthy warmongering rhetoric is so outrageous none of us even consider it worth commenting about. That’s the best way to deal with such people-ignore them.

    • Eddy Verhaeghe

      And flag him each time he utters some of that outrageous nonsense of his. In the end the moderators will act and poor Michaelinlondon will have to take printscreens to prove to himself that he once was a nuisance to people that wanted to participate in a civilized debate.

  • Jack McColley

    I am pleased we are ignoring the rants of Michaelinlondon12324, our local hateful troll. That’s the best way to deal with the likes of him.

  • commieslayer

    That’s ridiculous. Already France, Germany and England combined spend far more on defense than Russia — not to mention the vast technological superiority and the superior training of their professional armies. Russia is rather weak militarily by any measures. That’s why you guys rely on nuclear threats, you have nothing else left to boast about. However, you are fast loosing even that deterrent, not to speak of your economy which is a basket case and going down the drain.

    In Ukraine you just got lucky since the Ukrainian army was full of traitors and had been extremely neglected for the past 30 years. Don’t confuse NATO with Ukraine.

    • commieslayer

      Last time I checked, Russia wasn’t so high up on democracy and freedom. It also wasn’t among the best in science and technology. So yeah, we understand only money, unlike your Russian oligarchs (all good friends of Putin, one of the richest men in the world), who are such paragons of culture, creativity and profound thinking. Take a look in the mirror, how’s that for an *idea* ?

      • commieslayer

        You are mistaken. The West hasn’t the slightest desire to liberate Russia — why bother ? It does, however, root for those peoples who were gobbled up and forcefully denationalized by Russia and who decide of their own will to throw up the Russian yoke and to seek greener pastures. Ukraine being a case in point.

        You are also mistaken about Chechen terrorism, the West has nothing to do with it, at least not after Sept. 11, 2001. Regarding terrorism, I seem to remember that the Soviet Union and Russia have an inglorious history of supporting terrorist organizations such as the PLO, Sendero Luminoso, the Red Brigades, the IRA etc. and despotic governments which are known to have resorted to terrorism, such as Lybia under Gaddafi, Syria under Assad, Iran after the Islamic Revolution. So your argument cuts both ways. Once again, it may be a creative act for Russia and Russians to look for once in the mirror.