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As the Orthodox churches in the city many of which were surprisingly active during the war considering the treatment of the Church by the state both before and after the war VALENTINA IL INISHNA BUSHUEVA S INTERVIEW Il inishna Bushueva s Interview worker and manual abourer during the war She describes the harsh reality of relying on the highest Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, level of ration card for workers and her feeling of duty to continue working despite illness and her failing body Kseniia Makianovna Matus s Interview a musician who was part of the historic performance of Shostakovich s Seventh Leningrad Symphony The musicians felt some kind of duty to continue performing despite the terrible conditions and Matus describes how hard physically it was for both them the performers as well as the audience in the concert hall there were only the ghosts ofisteners and on the stage the ghosts of performers Because the men who played the brass instruments couldn t hold them in their hands they were beginning to freeze She also describes how musicians had to be brought back from the front for the Symphony to go ahead They would find out which units the musicians were in and send out a dispatch that so and so was needed to perform the Leningrad Symphony

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ga Il Markhaeva s Interview a senior researcher at the National Museum of the Defense of Leningrad She describes the tragic fate of the museum after the war during the Leningrad Affair as well as its eventual revival during the days of perestroika She discusses diaries as a historical resource which it s very fitting for this collection We have uite a ContamiNation lot of diaries Students wrote diaries Very ordinary people And it is very strange that during a siege people write Thanks to these sources our exhibits have taken on different characteristics Right now I am keeping a diary it is a diary of perestroika But in fifty years this diary will acuire a different meaning And that s exactly what happened here Many things that no one attributed any significance to in those days now have acuired great value hide spoiler This book took me aong time to read partly because my ife has been busy but also because it is a heavy book The stories of these woman are heartbreaking Different images and thoughts will stay with you forever I cannot imagine iving at this horrific time with such horrible conditionsSome of the excerpts were fasicinating that others as they were better written and expressive The were fasicinating that others as they were better written and expressive The selection was my east favorite and I didn t think the introduction was worth reading Some of these women s unedited diaries are better written than most books published today Amazing Lots of interesting tidbits about ife during the siege Of course very intense and hard to read at times I slogged my way through this book over several months off and on It s very heavy reading Having read about the siege in a couple of other books I was expecting a big I would actually give this a Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas little under 3 stars but 2 stars seemed tooow I find the Siege of Leningrad to be very interesting but this book was a The Magic Rolling Pin little dry for me I feltike I was reading something for schoolI never Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, liked school so that is not a compliment The information was interesting but I didn t care for the set up Tremendously moving heartbreaking necessary This book destroyed me and was the first of a series of pushes thated me to pursue an MA in Russian and East European studies. N; 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 ife 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. The women the victims and survivors of the siege speak for themselves Going beyond the history of the military men and the political Garden Bouquets and Beyond leaders this is truly people s historyA must read Understanding Oppression Women s Rights Then and NowWriting The Siege Of Leningrad Women s Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies by Cynthia Simmons From September 1941 until January 1944 Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare Ateast one million civilians died many during the terribly cold first winter Bearing the brunt of this hardship Disclaimer This was written by my college advisor one of my favorite professors Objectively I still think it is very interesting and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Russia and The USSR What a truly outstanding collection Bringing together The Unseen Wonder letters and diaries memoirs and interviews these are the words of the women of Leningrad the individuals whoived through the Siege history through the words of the ordinary people that experienced it Wonderfully put together edited and translated the foreword introduction preface and conclusion were useful in putting the events into context but the main body and most important part of the book are the excerpts written by the Leningraders This main body is split into Diaries and Letters Memoirs and Oral Histories and Documentary Prose The prose section was certainly my The Management Bible least favourite and I didn t fit it felt uite as well with the rest of the book but still found it worth readingEach except is preceded by aittle introduction with information the editors have been able to track down on the writer As the editors conclude the informants continually highlighted individual differences meaning every perspective is uniue whatever work each woman carried out during the Siege whatever their background and whatever they faced following the end of the Siege Some Of The Excerpts Are Not the excerpts are not detailed or well written as others but then again are not as detailed or well written as others but then again s the beauty of this collection it brings together writers of all educational backgrounds and of course it s important to remember especially with the diaries and Zu schnell letters that most of these writers were only really writing for themselves That s what makes them so fascinating and such a terrific insight intoife at the timeLooking back over my notes these are the sections I recommend the most Under a spoiler tag because this ended up being so Sleepless (Bird of Stone, long and you may prefer to just read them for yourself but not really a spoiler as this is history after allview spoiler Anna Petrovna Ostroumova Lebedeva s Diaries an artist and book illustrator Firstly Ostroumova Lebedeva highlights the difficulty of trying to continue with work her calling while facing starvation Allast week I was writing my Autobiographical Notes Vol II I write sluggishly and with difficulty I haven t eaten well for the past ten days The academic ration I was allotted and which I received for the first on 8 April wasn t distributed in May And on what they give on the ration cards it is impossible to survive without starving or osing the ability to work or dying Another point of interest are Ostroumova Lebedeva s thoughts on the injustices she observes such as the State s view on the dependent superfluous population Vera Sergeevna Kostrovitskaia s Diaries a ballet dancer and teacher She descri. Silver Winner ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year HistoryFrom September 1941 until January 1944 Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare At east 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 ife during the sieg. Bes an astounding experience of Listening To A Group Of to a group of who continue to try to play despite their suffering as the city grows silent around them Could these musicians really have had reserves of food They continued to playBut the the city became shrouded in silence the weaker became the sounds of their music First the bass fell silent then the flute could no onger be heard and as if paralyzed by the cold the tempo of the clarinet and trumpets became slower The one who could still play Invisible (The Curse of Avalon lay on his back he was so thin that you could only measure hisength not his volume Alongside him on the cot Yummy Supper lay his trumpet Sometimes he would sit up and bring the instrument to hisips It was the only thing that He Could Give His Comrades In Place could give his comrades in place heat fire and bread It was nonetheless courage Several began to stir were delirious for a while then again settled down on their cots Incredibly some concerts and performance continue to take place in the city but Kostrovitskaia describes her concern for her students as they struggle to find the energy to perform On stage I ed him by the arms as he danced I tried not to watch and during the intervals off stage he drooped in my arms and vomited the kasha he had eaten She then has to watch her students die one by one and this eads her to uestion why some still seem to have plenty while others are eft with nothing Like Ostroumova Lebedeva she also uestions why the vulnerable dependents are eft to perish This is her point of view if a person also uestions why the vulnerable dependents are eft to perish This is her point of view if a person a dependent then the atter has a responsibility to die and if he doesn t die because you share your ration with him then that is not only stupid it is a superfluous Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature luxury For a youngife is needed by the government but an old one is not Sof ia Nikolaevna Buriakova s Diaries a housewife whose family were originally from a village outside the city Her account of her husband s death was particularly heartbreaking First he fell to his knees and then he collapsed onto his back and Lara and the Gray Mare (Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare, lay on the pavement I was terrified I started to beg the passerby to help get him home I promised them bread but the people passed by unconcerned not glancing at him It became clear that I had to find someone to help Several times I went out into the courtyard The yard was deserted There were no tenants anywhere I was exhausted from going up and down the stairs Night fell I was frightened not knowing how I would get through the night Suddenly I heard footsteps and a woman passed by It was Zhenia Ivanova She recognized me first and asked why I was standing there I started crying bitterly and told her that my husband had died and there was no one to help me prepare him for burial Ol ga Nikolaevna Grechina s Memoir and Interview as a second year student at the university she was forced to withdraw due to the war Writing her memoir was a way for her to try and understand the past Can I describe everything as it really was Probably not Because it was nonetheless someone else s grief But perhaps it is the most valuable thing that I caneave people in memory of that time and of myself After all now already almost no one Trajan living in Leningrad after the war knows or wants to know about the Siege Valentina Fedorovna Petrova s Memoir and Interview a research assistant and employee at Leningrad Radio during the war These excepts provide an insight into the running of the radio as well. E has beenittle examinedCynthia Simmons and Nina Perlina have searched archival holdings for Bunnys Book Club Goes to School 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 heartbreakinganguage these documents tell of ost husbands mothers childre. .

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