How the steel was tempered in the Great Patriotic War

About the project
The state Museum and cultural center "Integration" named after Nikolay Ostrovsky, the Literary and Memorial Museum of Nikolay Ostrovsky in Sochi and the Novorossiysk Historical Museum-reserve present a project dedicated to the stories of soldiers and to the books by Nikolay Ostrovsky who passed the Great Patriotic War together.

The events of the Great Patriotic War are fading into history. It has been 75 years since it ended, but the grief it brought has not yet been forgotten.
The people's war refuted the well-known aphorism that during a period of deadly threat, the muses fall silent. No war has ever felt such a need for literature and art, as in the years of the struggle against fascism. Especially popular were those works that sounded the theme of the Motherland, its history, national traditions and true courage.
Books by Nikolay Ostrovsky became manuals of courage for those who sought and found support in the most difficult moments of their lives. The generation that had to go to war after the graduation looked up to the hero of the novel "How the steel was tempered" — Pavel Korchagin. Such character traits as deep love for their Homeland, a willingness to give their lives for it, and the ability not to bend under the weight of the most terrible circumstances were close and conformable to that generation.

We will tell you about the books that stood in the same line with the defenders of the Motherland. Stories about the fate of books are accompanied by letters from fighters about fierce battles, extraordinary selflessness and heroic deeds. Perhaps the works of Nikolay Ostrovsky were so close to the audience also because the fact that readers knew that behind the bravery of literary heroes was the true, non-fictional courage of their author.

Now the site contains about 30 publications from the collections of the Nikolay Ostrovsky museums in Moscow and Sochi, and the Novorossiysk Historical Museum-reserve. There are books that were read in trenches, dugouts, on warships, behind enemy lines, and in hospitals. Many copies have preserved commemorative inscriptions of their owners, names or numbers of military units... Maybe one of these books was read by your grandparents during the War?
Naval Fleet
Partisan movement
Frontline hospitals
Stories without a book
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Project team
Tatiana Kharabina
Curator of the project, Moscow
Igor Dumenko
Project Manager, Moscow
Tamara Andronova
Mastermind of the project
Zumchenko Lyudmila
Project Manager, Sochi
Tatiana Rybalko
Curator of the project,
Alexandra Ivanko
Search and study of materials, Novorossiysk
Olga Vinogradova
Search and study of materials, Moscow
Elena Skripkina
Curator of the project,
Anna Vorobyova
Interaction with public organizations, Moscow
Galina Lubimova
Search and study of materials, Sochi
Valeria Yakovleva
Promotion of the project and media relations, Sochi
Guzel Shekhanova
Promotion of the project and media relations, Moscow
Ksenia Pertseva
The development and support of the site, Moscow
Yuri Dubov
Photographing project materials, Novorossiysk
Shirkin Anton
Photographing project materials, Moscow
Looking for "Fighters"!
We continue to search for books-fighters!
If you want to share the history of your family related to the works of Nikolay Ostrovsky, contact any of the museums at the given contacts or fill out the feedback form.
The state Museum and cultural center "Integration" named after Nikolay Ostrovsky
+7 495 629-85-52
14 Tverskaya street, Moscow
The Literary and Memorial Museum of Nikolay Ostrovsky in Sochi
+7 862 262-20-15
4 Korchagina street, Sochi
Novorossiysk Historical Museum-reserve
+7 8617 61-42-74
58 Sovetov street, Novorossiysk
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