The Siege of Leningrad

The World War II costed St. Petersburg millions of lives of its citizens whom the Nazis kept in the besieged but not surrendered city. The Siege of Leningrad which lasted 872 days since September 8, 1941, till January 27, 1944, was the greatest  humanitarian catastrophe of the XX century

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A school girl, Tanya Savicheva, kept a diary during the Siege – nine pages, dating deaths of her loved ones — her mother, grandmother, brother and two uncles. In the end: «All have died. Only Tanya is left». The girl was evacuated from the besieged city but within several months she died of tuberculosis developed as the result of dystrophy.
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A memorial plate with the inscription “Attention! This side of the street is the most dangerous under shell attack!” is kept at the house 14 of Nevsky Prospekt.
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Here citizens of Leningrad gathered to hear the latest news from the battlefront.
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The dent was left by one of the 148,878 shells which the Nazis fired to Leningrad.
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The water supply did not work in the besieged city. People took in water from rivers and wells or – in winter or early spring – in the caverns made by the shells in city streets. Across house 21 on Naberezhnaya Fontanki there is a memorial: a woman holding a child in her left hand and a bucket in the right hand.
This local power station provided electricity for the trams.
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A small museum dedicated to the Siege – inhabitants and defenders of the city, “Rad of Life” on the ice of Ladozhskoye Ozero by which food and medications were transported to Leningrad.

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Commemorating one of the wells from which citizen took water under the Siege, a memorial composition was installed at the wall of house 6 on prospekt Nepokoryonnykh.
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Here in common graves lie the victims of the Siege of Leningrad and warriors of Leningrad Front. In all, 520 thousand people — 470 thousand civilians and 50 thousand soldiers.

Memorial is open: autumn-winter Mon-Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., spring-summer Mon-Sun 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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The monument is located on the Victory Square (Ploschad Pobedy). It was opened May 9, 1975, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War (the eastern front of World War II). The memorial hall has a unique selection of documents and personal effects of the defenders of the city.