Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Although the Ukraine had suffered many a deprivation under the Stalin regime, the Ukrainian people fought nobly on behalf of Mother Russia against the Nazis during WWII. The 56-minute documentary Ukraine in Flames recounts how the courageous Soviet nation broke the German stranglehold on Russia by sending out waves of "shock" troops. Just to make certain that audiences unfamiliar with the facts can tell heroes from villains, the film spares nothing in depicting Nazi atrocities against the civilian population. Production of this Soviet documentary was supervised by the great Alexander Dovshenko, the Odessa-born filmmaker responsible for such masterpieces as The Childhood of Gorki and My Universities. The English-language narration was provided by CBS European correspondent Bill Downs.