Komsomol Participation in Education



In 1920 Lenin praised the Komsomol for helping Russia in her struggle to overcome more than one hundred years of backwardness. His wife Krupskaia was also watchful of the League’s activities, especially in education, where she believed — and repeatedly reminded other party leaders — that the youth was a valuable resource in the battle against illiteracy. In 1918 she wrote of the ‘extraordinary thirst for knowledge, readiness to teach by book and experience, which has seized the worker youth in particular’.1


Trade Union Party Leader Work Youth Polytechnic School Central Asian Republic 
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  1. 1.
    E.V. Danilenko, ‘Questions of Party Control Over Komsomol According to American Historians’, Vestnik Leningradskogo Universiteta, 1970, no. 7, p. 40Google Scholar
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    Sheila Fitzpatrick, Education and Social Mobility in the Soviet Union, 1921–1934 (Cambridge University Press, 1979) p. 11.Google Scholar
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    Ralph Fisher, Pattern for Soviet Youth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1959) p. 79.Google Scholar

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