[Top show a Komsomol membership card with a picture of Lenin on the front; Bottom shows a Komsomol poster stating “Prepare for worthy successors to the Leninist Komsomol”]
The Komsomol, also known as the Russian Communist Union of Youth, was an organization for young adults from the ages 14 to 28 that was established to teach and spread Communism in Russia starting in 1918. Though this organization started as war focused but eventually moved toward teachings of “service and industrial” projects. These young adults grew up to be members and leaders of the Communist Party.
I found this organization and these images interesting because of the question being asked: What is a revolutionary culture? Or perhaps where in society is revolutionary culture reflected? To me, youth is a perfect representation of how far a revolution can go and how deep through society it runs. Like the revolution of the proletariat, this revolution also has roots from the bottom (the youth), and I believe because like the proletariat they have the most to gain in a revolution (their future). However, the major point of this (and maybe why the Communist party lasted as long as it did) is that this party was smart enough to instill the ideals of the revolution and the new ideals that is began teaching and influencing kids as early as nine years old. Furthermore, they were able to not only teach Communist ideals, but also focused on professional skills, sports, theatre, and education. To me, this is revolutionary culture. These Communist youth were the future of not only the party but of Russia for the next seven decades.
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Von Geldern, James. “Young Communist.” 17 Moments in Soviet History. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. <http://soviethistory.msu.edu/1924-2/young-communists/>.