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Imps and eaglets

Olga Kucherenko

in Little Soldiers

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585557
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585557.003.0008
Imps and eaglets

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Whereas for children on the home front the decision to enlist was a personal choice, quite often under occupation it was the only choice between life and death. Even though there were a few ardent patriots who yearned to join the fight from the first day of the invasion, the road to resistance, for the majority of partisan children, began with the injustice and brutal treatment imposed on them, or their loved ones, by the occupiers. In its turn, the Soviet state strongly encouraged children behind enemy lines to participate in the resistance, while the enemy also attempted to attract local youths in order to use them in espionage activities against the Red Army.

Keywords: child-partisan; the resistance; the underground; child-spies; nationalist organizations; genocide; forest schools; family camps; interethnic violence; rape

Chapter.  19286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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