Military History

The other pamphlets also address various topics related to the Soviet military. This part of the exhibit is intentionally broad, and covers a breadth of topics of interest to Soviet military history generally.

The pamphlet Krasnaia Armiia na strazhe Sovetov--The Red Army Guarding the Soviets--describes the Red Army protecting the soviets, or workers’ councils, then established in the USSR. Also of interest is Zhivaya li tsarskaya semya?--Is the Tsar’s Family Alive?--which addresses questions about whether the tsar’s family is still alive following the execution of the tsar himself. The Soviet government acknowledged the murders in 1926 following the publication of an investigation by a White émigré, but maintained that the bodies were destroyed and that Lenin's government was not responsible.

Viewers are encouraged to browse through these pamphlets to get a sense of the breadth and scope of Soviet military propaganda. While the diversity of material in this exhibit is evident, the pamphlets combine to serve a broadly unified, propagandistic aim, namely the strengthening of a still-burgeoning Soviet state.