Romance during the Great Patriotic War

For many Soviets fighting in World War II, the reasons for fighting had little to do with international relations or the geopolitical order. Rather, it had to do with something much more human: love. The very real fact that lovers may never see each other again made romance that much more intense and their love seem that much more real. For troops on the frontlines, it gave them inspiration to fight and something to look forward to after the war. And for the women back home, love served the same purpose. The endless days waiting and not knowing were made bearable because they believed that they would one day be reunited with their loves.

On a more serious, logistical note, intense love that like (in a time of little birth control) can lead to population surges as babies are born. More importantly, the number of illegitimate babies born rises. Even though the USSR wanted to instill “family values,” they couldn’t throw away the opportunity to re-up the population after all the deaths during World War II. They ended up supporting this population increase so much that they instituted a tax on childless families.

Because of these romantic feelings, many crooners capitalized upon it by releasing songs. One famous Soviet song is “Blue Scarf,” which talks about the blue scarf that a woman wears on her shoulders and how badly the man wants to remove the blue scarf again. The song also talks about the letters received and sent between the man and the woman because they allow the couple to feel closer to each other. Essentially, the song conveys the emotion and tenderness these war couples felt for each other.

Here is the link to the video, as well as an English translation!

Source: love-and-romance-in-war

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2 thoughts on “Romance during the Great Patriotic War

  1. Ethan Tourtellotte October 29, 2018 — 7:15 pm

    Like a great song I once heard “If all is fair in love & war, I can’t do this anymore”. However, in the context of love with the compound stress factor of war, it seems love was all that kept these soliders going on the front lines. Great culture reference in your post!

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  2. I really enjoyed this post! It’s crazy to put oneself in the position of the woman waiting for her lover who may or may not return from war, and its even more jarring to imagine having to do this while being pregnant and hormonal. It’s really interesting how these noncommittal romances were able to coexist with the resurgence of family values

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