History 24/01/20 What songs were sung in the army of the traitor Vlasov
the Russian liberation army of Vlasov traitor had developed cultural attributes. Under the patronage of the Germans, the Vlasov has issued its own press, which published, including poems and essays. The most interesting legacy of the movement was the song, very similar to the Soviet, but written in the opposite ideological key.
that was singing in the ROA, known thanks to the “Songwriter of the volunteer” — a small propaganda booklet with notes and texts, which was printed in Narva in 1943. The Songbook has several sections. The title “Old war songs” and “Folk songs” speak for themselves. It is noteworthy that more than half of the collection are folk songs, designed to remind the Russian people about its roots.
With the German language, the drafters transferred only one work – the song “Lili Marlene”, apparently because of her tremendous popularity. This song is about love soldiers and German girls, composed during the First world war, sang not only in the Wehrmacht, but in some armies of the allies, for example, the British and Americans.
the Greatest interest in the Songbook is the first section – “New songs of war”. The lyrics in it did not bear a trace of Nazi Russophobia, on the contrary, they were very Patriotic.
“To emphasize patriotism would be sufficient only to perform some old songs of the Russian Imperial or White army – said historian Kirill Alexandrov. But Vlasov was pleased that the songs necessarily reflected the specific situation and promote the goals. So moved some of your own poets – I. Grads N. S. Freiberg, A. Frolov (A. Y. Flume), A. Yakovlev and others. The most famous music was written by M. Davydov. Song written by them was not much special artistic qualities, and they should be treated as generally refers to any soldier of folklore”.
“We are wide brim”
the collection Opens with a March, called “anthem ROA”
We go wide fields
At sunrise, the morning light,
We go to battle with the Bolsheviks
For the freedom of his Motherland.
In the melody seem to have a Soviet influence, in addition, the author of the text Anatoly Flume uses the word “comrade,” appealing to the listener. At the same time, Vlasov promised to defeat the “red violence” and “to build a new Russia. In the text a sense of fatalism – mentioned “smoldering fires”, “terrible disaster”, “the cruel war”. When creating this song Flume, a former teacher of Russian language in Riga, reworked one of his pre-war poems.
March “We go” regularly broadcast on the radio in the occupied territories, for example, in Pskov in 1943, after a visit to the city by General Vlasov. Meanwhile, the words of the song moved further and further from the truth. The scattered divisions of the Wehrmacht, the army of General Vlasov is not “went wide brim”, and moved away from them, retreating with the Germans deep into Europe.
other songs Vlasov present similar images, interspersed with folk motifs. It is noteworthy that anti-Semitic attacks, sometimes occurring in the leaflets, the song has not penetrated. However, in the March “Battle of the iron step of” present threat “Stalinist purges”, which the soldiers of the ROA promise to “knock the Urals.” It is noteworthy that the key image of “free Russia” is almost never specified. Judge it except that the picture on the cover of the Songbook, depicting a peasant hut, a plow and a Church.
Interesting chorus “Songs of labor volunteers” wonderfully echoes with real events not so distant future:
the Flag of the restructuring will raise today
We do a terrible job?
glad to believe that soon it free
will the native country!
Who knows, did these lines of Mikhail Gorbachev, when he came up with the term forthe man behind political endeavors?
to summarize, it is difficult not to agree with Kirill Alexandrov that “Vlasov folklore in a sense, refutes a common still and surface the thesis of the Vlasov army of Judas as “a primitive bunch of cowards and criminals”.
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