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9780521123556

The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941–1995: Myth, Memories, and Monuments

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521123556

  • ISBN10:

    0521123550

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The siege of Leningrad constituted one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II, one that individuals and the state began to commemorate almost immediately. Official representations of "heroic Leningrad" omitted and distorted a great deal. Nonetheless, survivors struggling to cope with painful memories often internalized, even if they did not completely accept, the state's myths, and they often found their own uses for the state's monuments. Tracing the overlap and interplay of individual memories and fifty years of Soviet mythmaking, this book contributes to understandings of both the power of Soviet identities and the delegitimizing potential of the Soviet Union's chief legitimizing myths. Because besieged Leningrad blurred the boundaries between the largely male battlefront and the predominantly female home front, it offers a unique vantage point for a study of the gendered dimensions of the war experience, urban space, individual memory, and public commemoration.

Author Biography

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum is a professor of history at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Making Memory in Wartime
Mapping Memory in St. Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningradp. 21
The City Scarred: War at Homep. 42
Life Becomes History: Memories and Monuments in Wartimep. 77
Reconstructing and Remembering The City
The City Healed: Historical Reconstruction and Victory Parksp. 113
The Return of Stories from the City Frontp. 151
Heroes and Victims: Local Monuments of the Soviet War Cultp. 186
The Persistence of Memory
Speaking the Unspoken?p. 231
Mapping the Return of St. Petersburgp. 264
Epilogue: No One Is Forgotten?p. 287
Indexp. 299
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