Panfilov's Twenty-Eight - Heroes or Survivors in the Red Army's defense of Moscow 1941

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Panfilov's Twenty-Eight - Heroes or Survivors in the Red Army's defense of Moscow 1941

Type: Master thesis
Title: Panfilov's Twenty-Eight - Heroes or Survivors in the Red Army's defense of Moscow 1941
Author: Hart, Dennis van 't
Issue Date: 2018-08-30
Keywords: Panfilov
Red Army
Moscow
Barbarossa
Volokolamsk
Myth
1941
Stalin
Alexander Bek
28 Panfilovcev
Abstract: The trigger of this thesis is the war movie ’28 Panfilovcev’ by director and scriptwriter Andrey Shalyopa, released in Russia in November 2016. The movie is about the heroic story of General Panfilov’s 28 soldiers of the 316th Rifle Division and their defense of Moscow in November 1941. To mirror the heroic tale of the Battle for Moscow, the first-hand account of battalion commander Baurdzhan Momysh-Uly on the battle near Volokolamsk is used, written down by Russian reporter and writer Alexander Bek in 1943. Two primary sources that represent the October and November fighting in the Battle for Moscow in 1941, but from two different perspectives, a blockbuster movie one and a classic literary one. The research question of this thesis consisted of three questions: how can the nearly collapse of the Soviet state by Unternehmen Barbarossa (June-December 1941) historically be explained? How is its overarching symbol, the heroic story of Panfilov’s 28, presented in the war movie ‘28 Panfilovcev’? How do in comparison contemporary firsthand accounts of Red Army soldiers reflect to this heroic picture? This thesis will examine the heroic story of Panfilov’s 28 from its early roots of a newspaper article to its modern day presentation in a blockbuster movie, catapulted to the mass consumers in the large cinemas of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The conclusions of this research of the story Panfilov’s 28 and its political use of the past will make a contribution to the academic debate of the disastrous early war months for the Soviet Union in 1941 as well as in understanding the movie ’28 Panfilovcev’ as an example of present day Russian cultural policy.
Supervisor: Kern, J.H.C.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History (Master)
Specialisation: History PCNI
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64746
 

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