Address : The Russian Federation, 682841, Khabarovsk region, Sovetskaya Gavan g, Pavlik Morozov
Informer 001; the myth of Pavlik Morozov
. (reprint, 1997)
During the collectivization of agriculture, Pavlik Morozov
, a young Communist Pioneer, denounced his father for hoarding grain.
It even picked the public's heroes: cosmonauts such as Yuri Gagarin, child hero-martyrs like Pavlik Morozov
, who allegedly denounced his traitorous father and was murdered by his family in 1932, and Alexei Stakhanov, who supposedly fulfilled 14 times his production targets -- depending on the version of the story.
It even picked the public's heroes: not just people like cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space, but wholly invented characters and achievements, like Pavlik Morozov
, the child/martyr who allegedly denounced his traitorous father and was murdered by his family in 1932, and Alexei Stakhanov, who supposedly fulfilled fourteen times his production targets.
It even picked the public's heroes: cosmonauts such as Yuri Gagarin, child hero/martyrs like Pavlik Morozov
, who allegedly denounced his traitorous father and was murdered by his family in 1932, and Alexei Stakhanov, who double- or even triple-fulfilled his production targets (depending on the version of the story).
He was lambasted at the All-Union Creative Conference of Workers in Soviet Cinema in 1935, but offered an opportunity for redemption in another commission, Bezhin Meadow (1937), which was based on the life of the boy-martyr Pavlik Morozov
. This film was banned and survives only in stills.
I recalled the little mosquito-haunted park with its statue of Pavlik Morozov
, the Communist martyr.
Her extensive engagement with Iurii Druzhnikov, author of the major earlier work on Pavlik Morozov
, best known in English as Informer 001, is respectful, acknowledging his research contribution, while at the same time situating his conclusions as an inversion of the older, official myth: if, in the Soviet version, Pavlik and his brother were murdered as a result of a kulak conspiracy, then in Druzhnikov's account Pavlik was murdered by the OGPU opportunists, generating a kind of counter-conspiracy and counter-mythmaking.
One such saint was the thirteen-year-old Communist, Pavlik Morozov
, who was murdered after he reported his own father to the police for trying to evade the collectivisation of agriculture.
In 1935-36, Babel collaborated with Sergei Eisenstein on Bezhin Meadow, a film about Pavlik Morozov
, a young Soviet "Pioneer" killed by the kulaks [rich peasant farmers] after denouncing his own dad as a hoarder of grain.
This would make perfect sense--in Stalin's Soviet Union, that is, which made a state hero out of young Pavlik Morozov
for informing on his father.