Brutal Reform 1947

This propaganda newsreel presents the collectivisation of the Bulgarian countryside almost as a joyful process. In reality it was brutal and methodically planned.

Once the Agrarian leader Nikola Petkov was removed from political life and executed, in 1947 the Communist regime moved swiftly to the countryside. Agriculture was collectivised and peasant rebellions crushed. The Collective farms were created, the TKZS /ТКЗС.

Episode from The Camps 1990.

Director Atanas Kiryakov.