“No Greater Love” – Soviet Victory in World War II

Irakli Toidze, "For the Motherland" (1943)

Irakli Toidze, “For the Motherland” (1943)

Defeating Nazi Germany on the battlefield required an all-out mobilization effort from the Soviets. Indeed the home front became as essential to eventual victory as the battlefront, as Soviet citizens realized that the nation’s very survival was at stake. This weekly edition reflects the varied and integrated aspects of the Soviet Union’s struggle for survival and the costs of its eventual victory in World War II.  This week’s posts are the most insightful and original group we’ve produced all semester, and many gems await the curious reader in the Red Star / slider category and in comrade’s corner.  Our title this week is an homage to Penzosite’s wonderful discussion of gender in Friedrich Ermler’s film about the courageous partisan leader played by the great Vera Maretskaia.  Known as “She Defends the Motherland” in Russian, the film was first released in the United States during the war under the title, “No Greater Love.”

Image: Irakli Toidze, “For the Motherland” (1943)

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