MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The New Year in the Soviet Union did not stop celebrating even during the Great Patriotic War, at this time it was especially expected. Families, friends, loved ones were separated, and letters began to play an extremely important role.
Letters from the front were awaited with alarm and faith in the best, it was especially valuable to receive the coveted triangle on New Year’s Eve, to read that he was alive and well, to receive a short but such priceless congratulation. From the text on the back of the cards, you can imagine how the New Years were celebrated on the front lines.
This is how, for example, Major Nikandr Razdobrev, who died six months later, in the summer of 1942, described his holiday: “New Year – 1942 – we met in a way that no one has ever met and, in all likelihood, will not. At exactly 24:00, thousands of shells, mines and a rain of machine-gun bursts flew to the Nazis in the form of New Year’s gifts. In general, we sent them gifts to glory. The bastards will remember for a long time. “
At the beginning of the war, greeting cards began to be issued in huge quantities. In one of the most difficult periods – in the midst of the Battle of Moscow in 1941 – the publishing house “Art” issued New Year’s greeting postcards with a circulation of 300 thousand copies. These were unusual postcards. In them, the traditional New Year theme was combined with a “battle” illustrative series, and the leading cartoonists denounced and ridiculed the enemy.
And just like in peacetime, people sent each other New Year’s cards with congratulations. The main wish is Victory over the enemy and an early return home to their families. The postcards trace the entire history of the war. How people year after year stubbornly walked towards Victory, waited for it, believed in it!
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.