This Mystery YouTuber Will Teach You More about the Soviet Union Than Your Professors

Bill Wirtz:

The English YouTuber Bald and Bankrupt, using a small GoPro and smartphone, provides millions of viewers with an in-depth look at Eastern Europe.

The atrocities in Estonia could not rival the mass executions without trial within Soviet Russia, the pogroms aimed at Jews, the shooting of refugees trying to escape East Germany, or, most harrowing of all, the Holdomor in Ukraine. The term “Holdomor” describes the mass starvation of more than five million Ukrainians through an artificially created famine ordered by Stalin. Today, should you take a long train ride in Ukraine and wonder why so much of the land is uninhabited, know that it’s because consecutive communist and Nazi occupation killed an unimaginable number of people.

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