Viktor Koretskii, The Soviet people are full of gratitude and love for dear STALIN – the great organizer of our victory, 1945
In 1945, after victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War), Stalin’s role as hero and saviour of the nation was explicitly promoted in propaganda posters in the USSR.
Koretskii revisited his highly successful poster of 1943, made some notable alterations, and re-released it with a new caption just three days after the German surrender:
‘The Soviet people are full of gratitude and love for dear STALIN — the great organiser of our victory’.
The basic composition of the 1945 poster remains the same as that of 1943 — a young boy hangs an icon of Stalin on the wall of the family home.
However, the scene witnessed through the window has changed. Previously there was a scene of soldiers departing after making the village safe.
In 1945, this has been replaced with a lush and blossoming orchard.
The icon of Stalin that the boy hangs has also changed. The humble, unassuming Stalin in his habitual tunic, the Stalin uncertain of ultimate victory in 1943, has been replaced with a portrait by Boris Karpov (well-known for his portraits of Stalin) of Stalin in his marshal’s regalia. Stalin looks stiff and proud – very military – and does not look at the viewer.
The word ‘rodnomu’ in the text does not have a precise translation in English. It is a term of endearment that suggests a familial or kin relationship with the person addressed. The use of this word continues the association of Stalin as the father of the Soviet peoples, while the marshal’s uniform and the association of Stalin with victory facilitate the development of the Warrior archetype in Stalinist propaganda.
Dr Anita Pisch
Anita’s new, fully illustrated book, The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929 -1953, published by ANU Press, is available for free download here, and can also be purchased in hard copy from ANU Press.
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