It was far from self-evident that Joseph Stalin’s regime would survive the German-led invasion that began in 1941 and that the Soviet state could mobilize most of the citizens. Soviet-era taboos and myths about this period, including the name “Great Patriotic War,” have proven to be resilient in and beyond Russia. Despite valuable undertakings, such as the publication of documents and studies dealing with posters, documentaries, and films, and the censorship to which all were subjected, there have not been comprehensive surveys of the Soviet propaganda effort during the war, in marked contrast to the rich literature about its Nazi counterpart.
What did Stalin’s system choose to tell its subjects, and why? How did this compare to prewar Soviet propaganda and to the propaganda of other countries during the war? What if anything can be said about the results, intended or not? These questions are now addressed in a new book and in a round table featuring specialists in the history of Soviet and Nazi propaganda.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Doelenzaal, University Library UvA, Singel 421-427, Amsterdam
Dr. Karel Berkhoff (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), author of Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda during World War II (2012)
Prof. Dr. Konrad Dussel (University of Mannheim), author of Deutsche Rundfunkgeschichte (2010) and Deutsche Tagespresse im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert (2004)
Dr. Jeremy Hicks (Queen Mary University of London), author of First Filmmakers of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938–46 (forthcoming)
Dr. Erik van Ree (University of Amsterdam), author of The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin (2002)
The discussion will be chaired by Dr. Nanci Adler (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies). It will include audiovisual elements and discussion with the audience.
The Round Table and Discussion mark the launch of Motherland in Danger: Propaganda in the Soviet Union during World War II
Organized by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and genocide Studies, in cooperation with Pegasus Bookstore.
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