The Great Patriotic War and its aftermath

Lynne Attwood

in Gender and Housing in Soviet Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081453
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701768 | DOI:
The Great Patriotic War and its aftermath

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This chapter covers the Great Patriotic War and its aftermath, up to the end of the Stalin era. It also addresses Ogonek and Rabotnitsa and the wartime journal Leningrad. Moscow and Leningrad had become rivals even before the war. Ogonek and Rabotnitsa paid less attention to the agonies of Leningrad and its citizens than might be expected. Rabotnitsa did take up the theme of female heroism in Leningrad, reproducing the transcript of a Leningrad radio broadcast in which the female narrator talked of housewives manning barricades and running factories and sacrificing themselves and their families, sometimes quite literally, to the war effort. Ogonek also printed a few articles on the Leningrad siege, one of which described the devastation wreaked by a Nazi shell on ‘a densely populated communal apartment’. For Soviet Jews, communal living was particularly unpleasant in the post-war years.

Keywords: Great Patriotic War; Ogonek; Rabotnitsa; Leningrad; Moscow; Soviet Jews; communal living; female heroism; communal apartment

Chapter.  6154 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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