Борис Меньшагин: Воспоминания. Письма. Документы
Recently, the name of Boris Georgievich Menshagin (1902-1984), an interesting person with a unique fate, is increasingly found in historiography. A successful Smolensk lawyer in the pre-war years, the burgomaster of Smolensk and Bobruisk during the summer German occupation, sentenced for this to 25 years in prison, the author of interesting historical testimonies left both during the investigation and in prison, and upon release. Written memoirs, audio interviews, and Menshagin’s letters form the core of the book and, together with a selection of unique documents, are a monument to the era and a true treasure for the historian, first of all, for the researcher of the German occupation regime in the USSR and Soviet collaboration.
The article is an overview of the life and work of Boris Menshagin, the mayor of Smolensk during the German occupation.
The article is a characteristic of the source study base and historiography of B.G. Menshagin, as well as the reception and mythologization of his fate.