Journal article

The Memory Revolution Meets the Digital Age: Red Army Soldiers Remember World War II

Iva Glisic, Mark Edele

Geschichte und Gesellschaft | Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht | Published : 2019


This essay analyzes – an open-access oral history collection containing more than 2,500 interviews with Soviet veterans of the Second World War. Launched in 2000 as a small grassroots project, it soon received state backing and grew into a vital element of Russia’s contemporary memory landscape. The essay examines the origins of this project and its value as a historical source; just as well, it explores its evolution and the curious role it plays in contemporary Russian memorial culture. Bringing together history, memory studies, and the study of contemporary politics, the essay argues that provides important insights into both the Soviet experience of the Second W..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Research and writing were made possible in part by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP130101215) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT140101100). The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne provided travel funds for a meeting of the authors. Earlier versions were presented at the SHAPS History Brown Bag Seminar on May 3, 2018 and at the Manchester-Melbourne Workshop "Memories of War in Post-Socialist Space before and after Crimea" (June 26/27, 2018), a workshop supported by the Manchester-Melbourne Humanities Consortium Fund. If not otherwise indicated, all translations by the authors. To transliterate Russian text we use the simplified Library of Congress transliteration system. See