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Submitted by Patricia Klindienst

Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 3/2/2014 4:04 PM
Family Surname: Milstein / Miaskoff
Country: Russia
Town: Stupino
Date of Image: November 1939
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Can anyone help interpret this photograph of what appears to be a harvest celebration with a kind of altar to Stalin? Can anyone interpret what appears to be the date 22 October beneath his image on the wall?

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3/3/2014 5:55 PM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_annexation_of_the_western_Ukrainian_territories

Aside from probably being Sukkot, that is the date that the Soviets invaded Poland. See the above link. Perhaps they were celebrating the Molotov-Ribbentrop clause which they thought would stop the Nazis.
3/3/2014 9:45 PM This has nothing to do with the WWII, Poland, or Ukraine. Most likely it is the celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the October Revolution, which was the main celebration in the Soviet Union. Judging by the interior (in particular carpet), how the children are dressed, and by the display of the offerings to the god of Stalin, and by their content, this is taking place in one of the Central Asian regions such as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, or Tajikistan. It is probably a school where children were asked to decorate the room for the celebration. Out of all places I would guess that Tashkent (now Uzbekistan) is the most likely location for this. Tashkent had a big population of so called Bukharian Jews (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukharan_Jews) and it was also a destination for many Jewish families who were evacuated from European part of the USSR during the war, but that was later, after June 1941 when Germans invaded.
3/4/2014 6:27 AM The visible part of the caption under Stalin's picture says "22nd October", supporting the idea that this notes the 22nd anniversary of the October Revolution (October under the Julian calendar, November under the Gregorian). The poster at the far right says "opening August 1st". This probably refers to the The All-Union Agricultural Exhibition of 1939, which opened on August 1, 1939 outside of Moscow. The display of fruit goes along with the poster. See
http://www.soviethistory.org/index.php?page=subject&SubjectID=1939vdnkh&Year=1939.

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