Tag: soldiers

The art of war: 2 Franciszka Themerson

In “The Art of War”, I put a work of art that has to do with the Second World War in the spotlight. The works I select may be propaganda pieces, antiwar works, or deal more objectively with the war and its aftermath. This week, Polish avant-garde artist Franciszka Themerson’s Soldiers Marching on a Beach and Struggling Figures in a Landscape (both 1946), which I saw at Tate Modern recently.

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Re:wind: women remembering the fallen at Stalingrad

Earlier this week, I came across an online documentary in parts made by de Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper. It’s called Generatie Poetin (‘Generation Putin’) and was made for the occasion of the FIFA World Cup; each episode takes place in one of the playing cities. It’s about young people in Russia today: those who were born during Putin’s regime and are now old enough to vote in the upcoming election. There was one fragment that struck me. It was about a girl in her twenties called Nastja. As a volunteer, she exhumes the graves of German and Russian soldiers on the plains near Stalingrad, modern-day Volgograd, which in 1942 became the stage for the biggest and bloodiest battle of the European theatre of WWII.

I’m not sure if the English subtitles on Youtube work for everyone, so I’ve provided a transcript below just in case.

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