Matthew Cotton

cottonm@mcpherson.edu
Articles by Matthew Cotton

Reconstructing Stalingrad: The Struggle to Rebuild and Redefine the “Hero City” After 1943, Part III

Despite the campaign to rename the city from Stalingrad to Volgograd, and the attendant scrubbing of the leader’s image and name from public space, Stalinist culture was already ingrained in the city’s built environment.

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Reconstructing Stalingrad: The Struggle to Rebuild and Redefine the “Hero City” After 1943, Part II

On Tuesday, June 15, 1943, the front page of “Stalingradskaia pravda” ran a letter to the editor, penned by a group of nineteen women led by a one A. M. Cherkasova.

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Reconstructing Stalingrad: The Struggle to Rebuild and Redefine the “Hero City” After 1943, Part I

The surrender of the last of nearly 90,000 Axis soldiers in Stalingrad on February 2, 1943 marked a major turning point in the Second World War and, indeed, in twentieth-century history. But for thousands around the Soviet Union and in Stalingrad itself, the event had personal significance: after nearly 200 days under siege, their home city had been liberated. The challenge facing the city’s returning denizens and Soviet planning alike was nothing short of rebuilding a lost civilization. For the winter of 1942-43 on the banks of the Volga had been a kind of apocalypse. 

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