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2019

1914-1918--Youth

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Defining The Ideal Soviet Childhood: Reportage About Child Evacuees From Spain As Didactic Literature, Karl D. Qualls Apr 2019

Defining The Ideal Soviet Childhood: Reportage About Child Evacuees From Spain As Didactic Literature, Karl D. Qualls

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During their 400-mile walk from Málaga to Valencia, the five Molinas children, ages six to thirteen, endured lethal attack from land and air. Having already lost one of her children to the war, their mother decided to send her remaining children to the Soviet Union, although France and Belgium were also possibilities. "Many [families] cried. My mom cried," one of the children told a Soviet reporter. "Me - no. I knew that in Russia it would be good." The story of Remedio, Alfredo, Carmen, Manuel, and Francisco, while extreme in some respects, shares much with the stories of other refugee children ...