The most interesting thing that war brings is the need for romance and love when it seems unreachable. Poems, songs and movies all brought forward a surge of romance that was needed for the dying population of the Soviet Union. Many couples that were ripped in two relied on poems such as Wait For Me by Konstantin Simonov and songs such as Dark Is The Night sang by Mark Bernes in the movie “Two Soldiers”. As hard it is to fight a war, most soldiers had already accepted the realization that they may not come back to their families, significant others, or lovers. The same was true for those left behind; the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” was very real in this situation and it was embraced.
The poem Wait For Me by Konstantin Simonov (the English translation here) was an almost symbolic representation of the hope that romance gave to these families and couples. It slowed down the tracks of demoralization of the population and it provided for the sadness that war brings to be expressed in a positive manner. The same could be said about the song called Dark Is The Night which is set in the context of a man singing it to his lover while he’s in the trenches with the sounds of war in the background.
Those that would not wait.
They will never understand
How amidst the strife,
By your waiting for me, dear,
You had saved my life.
Only you and I will know
How you got me through.
Simply – you knew how to wait –
No one else but you.
-Ending Verse of Wait For Me
However, the strife of love and romance also brought the need to riot and protect those that were lost. Propaganda was released that showed the anger of mothers losing their sons to the war and those that never came back and had become missing-in-action
“We Shall Have Our Revenge!” Propaganda from 1941.
Other images relaying different feelings such as women standing behind their soldiers and supporting them can also be found here. Love took many different tones throughout the war; whether it be the need for reunion, the strife of a lost one, or the support needed to fight a war.
Seventeen Moments: Love and Romance in War (http://soviethistory.msu.edu/1943-2/love-and-romance-in-war/)