Kaleidoscope: Children of the Cold War

A future built on children

Eastern-bloc countries strived to boost their industries and economies through state-led initiatives. Children were regarded as a key resource in building the equal and communal society of tomorrow. They were seen as political players representing the new social system.

Sports and hobbies provided an effective means of cultivating children. Exercise not only increased stamina, but also shaped their outlook on life. Children themselves had little say in how their bodies were used or monitored.

Children were expected to be active. With the Pioneer movement and a plethora of sports and cultural clubs on offer, most children in socialist countries had a hobby. Being selected for a representative team in a sport or hobby was seen as a unique opportunity and a source of pride for the entire family.

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