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200 Stories in the Newspaper Chronicles of War

The Newspaper Chronicles of War Project was started last year to open to a wider public the newspaper archive from the period of World War II, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War. More than 200 texts from one of the local newspapers of the time, The For the New North, were published on the library website in 2019.

The periodicals collection of the National Library of the Komi Republic holds 13 district newspapers and 3 republican newspapers of the war period.

The project keeps the record of data, facts and events in their original format as they appeared on the pages of the local newspapers from 1941 to 1945. The articles tell about the cruel and heroic routine of the war. While the Red Army fighters were striving to the great victory at the frontline, the rest of the country toiled tirelessly to keep up the combat for peace.

The bulk of the publications are letters from soldiers addressed to their families at home, reports on the implementation of the industrial plans, individual labour records, statistics about the monetary and material aid collected for the army. There are also typical examples of rigorous war poetry boosting the morale of the nation. 

You can take a look at the newspapers of the war period on the project page. The chronicles are arranged month by month in the reverse calendar order.

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