Oct 4 Never Forget: Uses of Childhood Trauma in Soviet Union

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 3:30pm
Julie DeGraffenreid | Never Forget: The Uses of Childhood Trauma in the Soviet Union
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public

Children in the Soviet Union suffered horribly during World War II. Conditions created by an invading enemy and policy decisions by state authorities contributed to traumatic experiences for the young, experiences that were captured in officially-sanctioned images and narratives during the war. This talk will describe typical childhood trauma in the wartime USSR, offer examples of Soviet images that depicted children in wartime, and explore ways in which state authorities used these representations of children’s suffering for audiences young and old, during and after the war.
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