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Exhibition of Documents Published During the Great Patriotic War “The Live Pages of Memory”

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Exhibition of Documents Published During the Great Patriotic War “The Live Pages of Memory”

On April 29 at 10 am the National Library of the Udmurt Republic is hosting the guest exhibition of documents published in 1941-1945 “The Live Pages of Memory” dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The exhibition will take place at the Hose of Government of the Udmurt Republic (Pushkinskaya St., 214).

The war-period mass publication under the slogan “All for the frontline, all for the victory!” was intended to satisfy informational, cultural and spiritual needs of two fighting scenes – frontline and home front; to mobilize and to unite the Soviet people against the foe. The exhibition will display documents from the rare and valuable collections of the National Library of the Udmurt Republic – the unique monuments of the heroic epoch of the World War II.


The war-period documents were mostly published in a diminished format and in smaller venues, which enabled to increase circulations and to save on paper. Besides, pocket formats were cozy to carry in knapsacks and well suited to the wants and needs of the war time. A war savings campaign also affected the typography production: books were published on cheap grey paper, in plain softcovers, unillustrated.


The exhibition comprises three sections. The first section – “In Mortal Combat with the Foe” – displays various publications covering frontline events and the chronicles of partisan warfare (multi-volume edition of the messages of Soviet Information Bureau; “Heroic Stalingrad” 1943 by E. Genkin; “Fighting for Oryol” 1944; “Leningrad in the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union” 1944; books published in 1942 in Izhevsk – “Our Compatriots on the Frontlines of the Patriotic War”, “People’s Heroes”.


The second section of the exhibition – “The Feat of the Home Front” – portrays a selfless labour of the Soviet people. Millions of citizens, women and children entered new industrial and agricultural professions, substituting all those gone to fight. Tutorials, courses and guides such as “The ABC of Automobile and Tractor Driving for Pioneers and Pupils” 1942, “Preparing Pupils to Agricultural Work” 1942, “More Supply from Local Materials” 1941, “How to Collect Herbs” 1942 etc.


The third section of the exhibition – “The Lines of Memory” – features literary works written to immortalize the glory of the people’s feat: poetry and prose by Udmurt authors Mikhail Petrov, Timofey Shmakov and some others.