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Author Hicks, Jeremy, author.

Title The victory banner over the Reichstag : film, document, and ritual in Russia's contested memory of World War II / Jeremy Hicks
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 285 pages) : illustrations
Series Russian and East European studies
Series in Russian and East European studies.
Contents The raising of the Victory Banner -- Victory and the postwar Stalin cult -- The death of Stalin and birth of the Victory cult -- The Victory cult in the age of television -- Iconoclasm, resanctification, and the post-Soviet Victory cult
Summary "In one of the most iconic images from World War II, a Russian soldier raises a red flag atop the ruins of the German Reichstag on April 30, 1945. Known as the Victory Banner, this piece of fabric has come to symbolize Russian triumph, glory, and patriotism. Facsimiles are used in public celebrations all over the country, and an exact replica is the centerpiece in the annual Victory Parade in Moscow's Red Square. The Victory Banner Over the Reichstag examines how and why this symbol was created, the changing media of its expression, and the contested evolution of its message. From association with Stalinism and communism to its acquisition of Russian nationalist meaning, Jeremy Hicks demonstrates how this symbol was used to construct a collective Russian memory of the war. He traces how the Soviets, and then Vladimir Putin, have used this image and the banner itself to build a remarkably powerful mythology of Russian greatness"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Series from CIP information on title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- In mass media
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹi︠a︡nskai︠a︡ Krasnai︠a︡ Armii︠a︡ -- Flags
Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹi︠a︡nskai︠a︡ Krasnai︠a︡ Armii︠a︡
Berlin, Battle of, Berlin, Germany, 1945.
Collective memory -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
Cults -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History
Emblems, State -- Soviet Union
Flags -- Soviet Union
National characteristics, Russian.
War and society -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union -- Flags
Armed Forces -- Flags.
Collective memory.
Cults -- Political aspects.
Emblems, State.
HISTORY -- General.
Mass media.
National characteristics, Russian.
War and motion pictures.
War and society.
Germany -- Berlin.
Soviet Union.
Genre/Form Flags.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822987961
Other Titles Film, document and ritual in Russia's contested memory of World War II