May 9th, Moscow, Victory Day: the city celebrates the end of World War II with the traditional parade. Tanks roll through the streets. Military music booms from the speakers. Young Sasha cannot find peace however.
Yelnya, a small town 400 kilometres west of Moscow. Here the Red Army won a first, extremely costly yet only temporary, victory against the Germans in World War II. Today few contemporary witnesses remain and yet memory of the war is omnipresent, resulting in a military-patriotic coloured everyday culture.