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Part II: The Campaigns of Solidarity and Soviet Humanitarian Aid to the Spanish Republic


The two chapters that constitute Part II will be broadly concerned with the Kremlin's manipulations of the Spanish conflict and the resultant humanitarian crisis in the USSR itself. The central issues requiring investigation and explanation under the rubric of solidarity and humanitarian aid are, first, the impetus, effect, and course of the Kremlin's attempts to rally the Soviet people to an ongoing campaign of open support for the Spanish Republic—a campaign that not only raised large sums of money and provided significant humanitarian aid, but that also converted the cause of the distant Spanish Republic into a matter of singular gravity and importance for millions of Soviet citizens. The second issue requiring analysis is the Soviet regime's treatment, education, and political use of the three thousand Spanish children given refuge in the USSR during the civil war.


Stalin and the Spanish Civil War