Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2017

In Osteuropa 6-8/2017

Revolution and the Soviet Union
On historical awareness among young Russians

Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja

Deutsche Fassung


Many people in Russia have difficulty accepting the collapse of the Soviet Union. This feeling is also shared by members of the younger generation. Their values and norms are almost identical with those of their parents and grandparents. In interviews on the significance of their family remembrance of the Soviet past, it has emerged that they know little about the Revolution and the history of the Soviet Union. In almost every family, violence and repression are remembered, but at the same time, the Soviet Union is regarded as a country that promised progress and a better life. Today, young people complain about the loss of prospects for the future. Their recourse to the past satisfies their longing for security and stability.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2017, pp. 355–370)