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By Julie K. deGraffenried

ISBN-10: 0700620028

ISBN-13: 9780700620029

through the Soviet Union's nice Patriotic warfare, from 1941 to 1945, as many as 24 million of its voters died. 14 million have been kids a while fourteen or more youthful. And if you survived, the affliction was once faraway from over. The prewar Stalinist imaginative and prescient of a "happy youth" nurtured by means of a paternal, loving nation had given method, out of necessity. What changed it—the dictate that kids be ready to sacrifice every thing, together with adolescence itself—created a new release all too conversant in deprivation, violence, and demise. The event of those youngsters, and the position of the country in shaping their narrative, are the topic of this e-book, which fills in a serious yet overlooked bankruptcy within the Soviet tale and within the historical past of worldwide conflict II.

In Sacrificing Childhood, Julie deGraffenried chronicles the lives of the Soviet wartime young ones and the makes use of to which they have been put—not simply as warring parties or staff in factories and collective farms, but additionally as fodder for propaganda, their plight an explanation of the enemy's depredations. now not all Soviet childrens lived during the battle within the similar method; yet within the situations of a kid in occupied Belarus or within the Leningrad blockade, a tender deportee in Siberia or evacuee in Uzbekistan, deGraffenried reveals universal threads that distinguish the kid's event of battle from the adult's. The state's expectancies, despite the fact that, have been a similar for all young ones, as we see right here in kid's mass media and literature and the communications of celebration agencies and associations, so much particularly the younger Pioneers, whose relentless wartime actions made them excellent for the needs of propaganda.

The first in-depth examine of the place Soviet young ones healthy into the historical past of the conflict, Sacrificing Childhood additionally bargains an unheard of view of the state's altering expectancies for its youngsters, and the way this figured within the nature and course of post-war Soviet society.

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