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Raised under StalinYoung Communists and the Defense of Socialism$
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Seth Bernstein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709883

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709883.001.0001

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Youth at War

Youth at War

(p.188) 8 Youth at War
Raised under Stalin

Seth Bernstein

Cornell University Press

World War II was the ultimate test of Soviet youth culture. The USSR’s heavy reliance on youth in the pre-war period increased as Stalin’s regime drafted youth into the army, in factories and as keepers of order on the home front. Soviet practices of mobilization and coercion developed during the interwar period continued and intensified during the war. As victory appeared imminent, youth leaders pondered how wartime brutalization and the compromises young people had made under occupation had changed the requirements of official youth culture. The victory reinforced the righteousness of pre-war practices as the correct way to raise youth under socialism.

Keywords:   Komsomol, Stalinism, World War II, Partisans in the Soviet Union, Mobilization, Red Army

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