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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 03:26 AM

A Photographic Trove Of Village Life In Postwar Ukraine (9 of 29 b/w pics)

https://www.rferl.org/a/life-in-postwar-ukraine-photography-trove-discovered/31002026.html

In the attic of an old house, artist Ihor Solodovnikov stumbled on a collection of 5,000 photographs taken by his grandfather, Ivan Lytvyn. The images preserve the faces of Ukrainian villagers in the postwar period and the folk traditions that were rarely, if ever, captured by official Soviet photographers.

The unique find documents how rural Ukrainians lived and worked, what they wore, and how they spent their precious free time. The photos also reveal the transformations taking place in Ukraine from the late 1950s to the early '70s as local customs gave way to Soviet influence.

In 2010, Solodovnikov and his family were preparing to sell Lytvyn's house in the Cherkasy region. Solodovnikov was sorting through rubbish in the attic when he found his grandfather's old suitcase, filled with photographic accessories. But he didn't explore the contents closely until two years ago, when he noticed the rolls of film left by Lytvyn. Solodovnikov started working to digitize the photographs.






Lytvyn's sister Yaryna, seen here as an adult, survived the Holodomor with the help of her brother.


Raisa Lytvyn, the photographer's daughter






World War II veterans from the village of Hrushkivka



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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 04:39 AM

1. Absolutely fascinating - the entire article's well worth reading.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:45 AM

2. Marvelous pics! Thank you!

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:55 AM

3. The picture of the photographer's daughter is art. Great stuff, thanks.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:55 AM

4. Amazing. I had never heard of the Holodomor. Just did some reading about it.

I can't believe it is not even as well documented as the Holocaust or the Irish famine.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 07:03 PM

6. Thank you for doing that

The more people know about that atrocity, the less it can be passed off as "fake news".

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Response to Paula Sims (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:59 PM

9. And it sounds as if they have been trying to pass it off that way since it happened.

What a horror.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 08:12 PM

8. I saw a play about it once

I think the Jewish community is well aware of it as I've heard others talking about it.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 09:30 PM

10. I would recommend a recent movie called Mr. Jones

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6828390/


Based on the journalist who broke the story of the Holomodor to the west.


If you have Hulu itís currently streaming on that.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 09:52 PM

12. Thank you! I rotate my streaming services, so this is on the list for when I go back to Hulu.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 09:03 AM

5. I love seeing these type of pictures

I always wonder what became of the people in them. Especially with us knowing the things that were going to happen .

I also like it when they colorize the pictures .

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 07:25 PM

7. These are amazing! Thank you!

The whole set is worth taking a look at. What struck me is how happy many of them looked, children and adults. Many of them seemed to be having a good time.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 09:40 PM

11. Aww, this one is so sweet... innocent.



Thanks for sharing.

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