IMAGE OF STALINGRAD AS VIEWED BY WITNESSES AND CONTEMPORARIES (1942-1943)

  • Vasilyev, Y. S.
  • Krasnozhenova, E. E.
Abstract:
Based on the eyewitnesses and contemporaries’ memoirs, the paper shows the image of Stalingrad in 1942-1943, when German troops reached the Volga and the city got involved in a fierce battle. The analysis of eyewitnesses’ accounts revealed everyday problems of the local population during the occupation. The food problem worsened significantly, food was extremely scarce, the population of the city starved. The paper presents the policy of the occupational authorities in Stalingrad. Most of the city's enterprises were destroyed. The number of local residents reduced significantly: they were exterminated in concentration camps, subjected to looting and terror, mobilized for forced labor. Based on the analysis of German correspondence, the authors show the image of Stalingrad which the Wehrmacht soldiers had. It Stalingrad German soldiers were defeated, which marked the beginning of the Nazi armies’ collapse. The image of Stalingrad in the foreign press, especially, in the allies’ media is presented. Street fighting in Stalingrad city captured all the attention of the British and American public, virtually overshadowing all the other news coming from other fronts of war. The battle of Stalingrad was estimated as the battle of global significance, a symbol of Victory.
SGEM Research areas:
Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Great Patriotic War; Stalingrad; Stalingrad battle; occupation; the civilian population; letters; the foreign press.
Volume:
17
SGEM Book title:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017
Book number:
2
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
263-270
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
24 - 30 August 2017
ISBN:
978-619-7408-18-8
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, 24 - 30 August 2017
DOI:
10.5593/sgemsocial2017/22/S08.035
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