Soviet War Memorials and Global Networks

Mischa Gabowitsch is working on an FWF-funded research project that investigates transnational aspects of the construction and use of memorials to Soviet soldiers who died in the Second World War. Working with partners who specialize in different national contexts, he is looking at Soviet military engineers who built monuments in Austria or Czechoslovakia in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War; at transnational patronage networks linking architects, sculptors, and military leaders; at the significance of war memorials to Soviet soldiers in countries for present-day Russian-speaking communities in countries such as Israel or Germany; and at the spread of socialist realist memorialization styles first developed in the Soviet Union to countries in the Global South and beyond.