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"On the Joyous Day of Liberation from under the Yoke of the German Invaders"

This poster by Viktor Koretskii celebrates the victory of Red Army forces in turning the tide on the Eastern Front after German forces were turned back in a number of brutal and costly battles, including Stalingrad and Kursk. As in Nazi Germany, the more avant-garde experimentations of early Soviet propaganda gave way during the war to the "realist" style that predominated under Stalin. The image of the archetypal Russian peasant family smiling under the portrait of Stalin, with the caption "On the Joyous Day of Liberation from under the Yoke of the German Invaders," was no doubt meant to reassure a traumatized Russian population. At least 20 million Soviet civilians perished during the conflict.

Source | Viktor Koretskii, "On the Joyous Day of Liberation from under the Yoke of the German Invaders," 1943, from Victoria E. Bonnell, Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters Under Lenin and Stalin, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999).
Creator | Viktor Koretskii
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Viktor Koretskii, “"On the Joyous Day of Liberation from under the Yoke of the German Invaders",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed August 25, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1204.

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