Leningrad: State of Siege

Leningrad: State of Siege

by Michael Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465011535

ISBN-13: 9780465011537

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Basic Books


“All offers of surrender from Leningrad must be rejected,” wrote Adolph Hitler on September 29, 1941, at the outset of Operation Barbarossa. “In this struggle for survival, we have no interest in keeping even a proportion of the city’s population alive.”

During the famed 900-day siege of Leningrad, the German High Command

Overview


“All offers of surrender from Leningrad must be rejected,” wrote Adolph Hitler on September 29, 1941, at the outset of Operation Barbarossa. “In this struggle for survival, we have no interest in keeping even a proportion of the city’s population alive.”

During the famed 900-day siege of Leningrad, the German High Command deliberately planned to eradicate the city’s population through starvation. Viewing the Slavs as sub-human, Hitler embarked on a vicious program of ethnic cleansing. By the time the siege ended in January 1944, almost a million people had died. Those who survived would be marked permanently by what they endured as the city descended into chaos.

In Leningrad, military historian Michael Jones chronicles the human story of this epic siege. Drawing on newly available eyewitness accounts and diaries, he reveals the true horrors of the ordeal—including stories long-suppressed by the Soviets of looting, criminal gangs, and cannibalism. But he also shows the immense psychological resources on which the citizens of Leningrad drew to survive against desperate odds. At the height of the siege, for instance, an extraordinary live performance of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony profoundly strengthened the city’s will to resist.

A riveting account of one of the most harrowing sieges of world history, Leningrad also portrays the astonishing power of the human will in the face of even the direst catastrophe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465011537
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xi
Preface     xiii
Timeline     xviii
Bread Rations     xxi
Introduction     1
'An Almost Scientific Method': The German Advance     11
'The Biggest Bag of Shit in the Army': Attempts to Defend     46
The Butcher's Hook: Ordinary Civilians' Experience     81
The Noose: The Blockade Is Not Broken     109
Elena's Sketchbook: The Emerging Horror     142
The Abortionist: The Onset of Mass Starvation     173
One Black Beret: The Authorities Lose Control     203
The Road of Life: Keeping Hope Alive     220
The Symphony: Finding the Will to Survive     238
Operation Spark: The Military Breakthrough     262
Something Necessary: The Siege is Lifted     277
Epilogue     293
Notes     297
Bibliography     306
Index     311

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