Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women's Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies ) / Edition 1

Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women's Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies ) / Edition 1

by Cynthia Simmons, Nina Perlina
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822958694

ISBN-13: 9780822958697

Pub. Date: 02/15/2005

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Silver Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, History

From September 1941 until January 1944, Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare. At least one million civilians died, many during the terribly cold first winter. Bearing the brunt of this hardship—and keeping the city alive through their daily toil and

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Silver Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, History

From September 1941 until January 1944, Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare. At least one million civilians died, many during the terribly cold first winter. Bearing the brunt of this hardship—and keeping the city alive through their daily toil and sacrifice—were the women of Leningrad. Yet their perspective on life during the siege has been little examined.

Cynthia Simmons and Nina Perlina have searched archival holdings for letters and diaries written during the siege, conducted interviews with survivors, and collected poetry, fiction, and retrospective memoirs written by the blokadnitsy (women survivors) to present a truer picture of the city under siege. In simple, direct, even heartbreaking language, these documents tell of lost husbands, mothers, children; meager rations often supplemented with sawdust and other inedible additives; crime, cruelty, and even cannibalism. They also relate unexpected acts of kindness and generosity; attempts to maintain cultural life through musical and dramatic performances; and provide insight into a group of ordinary women reaching beyond differences in socioeconomic class, ethnicity, and profession in order to survive in extraordinary times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958697
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
02/15/2005
Series:
Pitt Russian East European Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexxvii
Acknowledgmentsxxxv
Chronology of the Siegexxxviii
Glossaryxli
Table of Rationsxlii
Map: Front Line around Leningrad, 21 September 1941xliii
Map: Leningrad, with Points of Interestxliv
Introduction1
Diaries and Letters19
Diary of Liubov' Vasil'evna Shaporina, hospital nurse during Siege; later an artist21
Diary of Anna Petrovna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, artist25
Letter from Leningrad: El'za Greinert to children33
Letter from Leningrad: German family remembered37
Diary and letters of Evgeniia Shavrova, introduced by her sister, Elena Fassman, librarian39
Diary of Vera Sergeevna Kostrovitskaia, ballerina and dance teacher47
Diary of Mariia Viacheslavovna Kropacheva, school teacher53
Diary of Anna Ivanovna Likhacheva, doctor58
Diary of Tamara Petrovna Nekliudova, entertainer at the front62
Ol'ga Mikhailovna Freidenberg, classicist scholar, first woman department chair in a Soviet university, The Race of Life64
Memoirs and Oral Histories77
Vera Vladimirovna Miliutina, artist, Evacuation and The Scottish Album79
Valentina Nikolaevna Gorokhova, doctor, The War, the Blockade, the Military Hospital87
Sof'ia Nikolaevna Buriakova, housewife, A Half-Century Ago95
Ol'ga Nikolaevna Grechina, literary scholar, "Saving, I Am Saved"104
Interview with Natal'ia Borisovna Rogova, librarian, archivist116
Interview with Valentina Fedorovna Petrova, archivist120
Oral history of Natal'ia Vladimirovna Stroganova, child during the Siege; later philologist127
Interview with Valentina Il'inishna Bushueva, factory worker133
Avgusta Mikhailovna Saraeva-Bondar', art historian, Silhouettes of Time141
Interview with Kseniia Makianovna Matus, oboist in the Leningrad Symphony147
Yuliia Aronovna Mendeleva, doctor, memoir excerpts from The Defense of Leningrad156
Lilia Solomonovna Frankfurt, librarian, "The Saltykov-Shchedrin National Public Library"163
Interview with Ol'ga Il'inichna Markhaeva, museum researcher, and Ol'ga Anatol'evna Trapitsina-Matveenko, chemist170
Documentary Prose175
Elena Oskarovna Martilla, artist, Grave Months for the Blockaded City177
Lidiia Samsonovna Razumovskaia, university student, "To the People"183
Irena L'vovna Dubitskaia, Cold Sun: Stories188
Liudmila Ivanovna Veshenkova, "Sweet Earth"193
Antonina Emel'ianovna Maslovskaia, "Blockade Lullaby"197
Vera Vladimirovna Miliutina, artist, "Vitamins, or Ode to Grass"198
Liubov' Borisovna Beregovaia, The Joyous, the Inimitable201
Conclusion209
Notes213
Index239

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