July 01, 2005

War with Japan

If there was one thing the people of the Soviet Union did not want to do in August of 1945, it was enter into a new war.  It had been three months since victory over Germany, and everyone wanted to believe that this would be the start of a wonderful new life – that soldiers would return from war, that wounds, both physical and emotional, would gradually heal, and that everything would be just fine. But, as usual, ordinary people did not have any say in the matter. The only way they could express their feelings was using the official formulations handed down from above.

On August 2, the kolkhozniki (collective farm workers) of Moscow Region issued a statement “to all kolkhozniki and tractor station workers, to all agricultural specialists of the Soviet Union,” sharing their joy at the end of the war and their desire to do the best work possible:


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