Cover Osteuropa 4-6/2005

In Osteuropa 4-6/2005

Unusual perspectives
World War II in recent Russian films

Isabelle de Keghel

Deutsche Fassung


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, the heroic discourse is dominant in Russia. Alongside this discourse, however, one can observe other, astonishingly complex views of the war. This article draws attention to these perspectives, of which there is very little awareness in the West, by looking at some recent Russian films. The main focus is on Dmitrii Meskhiev’s award-winning film Svoi (Our People).

(Osteuropa 4-6/2005, pp. 337–346)