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What Kyiv looked like in the 1960s Through These Historical Photos

During WWII, much of Kyiv was destroyed by the German invasion. The Nazis occupied Kyiv in September of 1941, and tens of thousands of Jews were slaughtered, and other “undesirable” Kievans were deported to forced labor camps and concentration camps. The Soviets retook Kyiv in November of 1943. Kyiv grew and diversified its industrial base over the next 50 years, especially in producing machinery, steel, chemicals, weapons, food, and paper.

Here are some stunning historical photos of Kyiv in the 1960s.

#1 Cold day in January, Kyiv, 1962

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#2 Football in the winter, Kyiv, 1962

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#3 The jump, Kyiv, 1963

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#4 Theatre and a man of reality, Kyiv, 1963

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#5 Aunt Valia, Kyiv, 1965

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#6 Deserted stadium, 1965

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#7 First snowfall, Kyiv, 1965

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#8 The March, Kyiv, 1965

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#9 Young happiness, Kyiv 1965

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#10 In my city, Kyiv, 1966

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#11 Morning traffic, Kyiv, 1969

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#12 Moving crowd, Kyiv, 1969

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#13 The rushing, Kyiv, 1969

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#14 1960: Cinema Ukraine on Gorodetsky Street (now Karl Marx), 1960

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#15 View of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra from the left bank of the Dnieper River, 1960

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#16 The 1960s: Bird perspective view of Kosmonavtov square

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#17 Construction of the central bus station, 1960

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#18 Hydropark, beach, 1960

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#19 Street Belorusskaya in May, 1960

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#20 Kreshchatik metro station shortly before the opening, 1960

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#21 Subway station Khreshchatyk, November 6, in the first hours it opened, 1960

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#22 Construction of the Metro bridge through the Dnieper, 1960s

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#23 View to Podol, 1960

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#24 Christmas tree at the October Revolution Square (now Independence). In the background hotel Moscow (now Ukraine), 1962

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#25 Prospect Victory (Brest-Lithuanian), the administrative center of the metro (now the building of the metro station Kyiv Polytechnic Institute), 1960

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#26 Victory Square, Circus, 1960

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#27 Trial train at the University metro station, 1960

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#28 Cash register office of the University metro station, 1960

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#29 The metro station Dnepr, the platform is laid asphalt, 1960

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#30 Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Kalinina Square), 1960

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#31 Cash registers at the Arsenalnaya metro station, 1960

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#32 Ground pavilion of the subway station Arsenalnaya, 1960

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#33 Pedagogical museum, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s.

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#34 Building of the National University, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#35 Women workers enjoy their lunch break in a Kyiv park, 1960

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#36 Building of the Supreme Soviet, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#37 People and a omnibus in Kyiv.

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#38 Female residents of the Soviet city of Kyiv, sitting together on the steps of a building in one of the city streets May 1960

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#39 Monument to General Vatutin, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#40 Street, passersby and a building in Kyiv.

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#41 View of Khreschatyk street, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#42 Building of the Institute of Forestry, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#43 St Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#44 Ivan Franko Drama Theater, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#45 Building of the Council of Ministers, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#46 Taras Shevchenko Opera and ballet theatre, Kiev, Ukraine 1960s

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#47 View of the river Dnieper from the Vladimirskaya hill, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#48 Building of the Academy of Science of the Sovietic Republic of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine 1960s

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#49 Young politicians with hand on their chests in front of house in Kyiv.

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#50 Men wearing bathing trunks and women bikinis at Dnieper River in Kyiv

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#51 Tourists on a square and the Saint Sophia”s Cathedral in Kyiv.

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#52 Boy with mohawk haircut at the Khreshchatyk in Kyiv. In the back children, a bus and houses.

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#53 Russian guide on a steamer on Dnieper River in Kyiv.

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#54 Steamer at a landing stage at Dnieper River in Kyiv. In the back a bridge.

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#55 Woman with headscarf, a man with a suitcase and a child with ribbon sitting on bags in Kyiv.

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#56 The main street in Kyiv, 1966

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#57 A man holds his jacket as he is served by a street vendor as pedestrians walk by a street in Kyiv, 1965

A man holds his jacket as he is served by a street vendor as pedestrians walk by a street in Kyiv, 1965

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#58 The Kiev station, 1964

The Kiev station, 1964

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#59 Ukrainian women wearing floral costumes, which spell out an unspecified phrase, as flagbearers, one with a flag of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union with an image of Lenin,

Ukrainian women wearing floral costumes, which spell out an unspecified phrase, as flagbearers, one with a flag of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union with an image of Lenin,

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#60 Commuters in a carriage, some reading newspapers reports about Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov (1935-2000) who had become only the second human to orbit the Earth, 1960

Commuters in a carriage, some reading newspapers reports about Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov (1935-2000) who had become only the second human to orbit the Earth, 1960

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#61 UKRAINE-KYIV.

UKRAINE-KYIV.

Independence Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, at the time of the USSR, with the Moskva hôtel (now Ukraine hôtel) in the background.

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#62 Women workers enjoy their lunch break in a Kiev park, 1960

Women workers enjoy their lunch break in a Kiev park, 1960

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#63 The State Bank of Kiev, 1960s

The State Bank of Kiev, 1960s

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#64 Laying of the upper structure of the underground path on the embankment adjacent to the Metro bridge from the left bank side

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