Olga Kucherenko

Research Fellow

Olga Kucherenko is a specialist in the socio-cultural history of the Second World War with an interest in conflict-based propaganda, everyday life in wartime and allied relations. She received her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was later awarded a Research Fellowship at St. John's College, Cambridge. Olga has published extensively on the Soviet war effort and memory of the war in modern-day Russia.

She is the author of two monographs: Little Soldiers: How Soviet Children Went to War, 1941-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Soviet Street Children and the Second World War: Welfare and Social Control under Stalin (Bloomsbury, 2016). Olga also acted as an assistant editor for The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt by D. Reynolds and V. Pechatnov (Yale University Press, 2018).

Currently, Dr. Kucherenko is working on her third book about Anglo-Soviet public diplomacy in the 1940s. It is based on an array of primary sources from Russian and British Archives, as well as on the material gathered at Churchill College, Cambridge, where she was an Archives By-Fellow in 2019.

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    Unsung Witnesses of the Battle of Stalingrad

    As many as half a million civilians remained in Stalingrad when the Germans approached in the late summer of 1942. Those who survived the initial onslaught and did not manage to flee, had to eke out a living on a battleground ravaged by incessant bombardment and street fighting. An overwhelming majority of them were women and children.

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