As kept these events from being fully understood by the wider world until now and which still bewilders and deters Western attempts to integrate Soviet heroism into the narrative of resistance to Nazism Although I had previously read other accounts of the Leningrad Siege this book kept me at the edge of my seat for three days The story is told with pathos and we read the words of those who were actually there I have but scratched the surface as the details are for you to read Any errors in this review are my own Contents Preface Timeline Bread Rations Introduction 1 An Almost Scientific Method The German Advance 2 The Biggest Bag of Shit in the Army Attempts to Defend 3 The Butcher s Hook Ordinary Civilians Experience 4 The Noose The Blockade Is Not Broken 5 Elena s Sketchbook The Emerging Horror 6 The Abortionist The Onset of Mass Starvation 7 One Black Beret The Authorities Lose Control 8 The Road of Life Keeping Hope Alive 9 The Symphony Finding the Will to Survive 10 Operation Spark The Military Breakthrough 11 Something Necessary The Siege is Lifted Epilogue Notes BibliographyMuch has been written about this famous concert including Julian Barnes s wonderful novel The Noise of Time 35 starsI can t read books about WWII and not be sucked into it be shocked by it and touched by the heroism of the victims and survivorsThis non fiction book tells the story of the siege of LeningradThe horrible 900 days sieg Un frickin believable How can humans behave American Legal History like this towards each other Why is this story not taught in US schools Jones has done aarge amount of research to write about the suffering of Leningrad s population during World War II The Soviets after the war tried to repress the tale because of how grim the situation was in Leningrad The book does a great job explaining how the tactics by both sides that The Evolution of Technology led to siege of Leningrad The first three chapters explain the war and then Jones starts telling the stories of those trapped in Leningrad The book seemed to get bogged down in the middle by the sheer number of stories and some repetition of similar stories Jones does a great job of not holding back and telling some truly horrific stories Theast third of the book was my favorite the orchestra and the triumph of the human spirit really was an amazing read If you are at all interested in history anthropology survivor horror or human nature you need to read this book This is a story that needs to be told and if you can handle the subject matter you really should pick this up and read it Leningrad A State of Siege by Michael Jones is an endearing history about the almost superhuman endurance of the people of Leningrad during the Nazi siege that Objective PET Students Book with Answers [With CDROM] lasted over two years Told with a historian s candor and eye for detail but without the stuffiness and encyclopediaike statistical dreariness that bogs down other scholarly histories especially military history What stands out is the precarious spot in which the Leningraders found themselves between the Scylla of the cruel merciless Nazi aggression and the Charybdis of the incompetent paranoia and bureaucratic ineptitude of the Soviet state Responding to incomparable stress and a daily struggle to persist the people of the city through Jones exceptional narration Ethan Marcus Stands Up leave us with an inspirational tale of fortitude and an unconuerable will to not just survive but toive and hold onto their humanity The most powerful scenes in the book are when the citizens of Leningrad starving and being Matti In the Wallet led by an emaciated conductor gathered for a symphony performance while the Nazisistened from their trenches Westerners tend to think of their osses sacrifices etc #when thinking about WWII and Americans in particular ike to brag on how not only #thinking about WWII and Americans in particular Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook like to brag on how not only they save the world twice iness than 35 years but won WWII I m an American with family who fought in that horrible war who went in on D Day and suffered terrible wounds and casualties so I m not trying to make Two Brothers, One Tail light of this situation nor am I a Russian fan commie supporter etc as some might accuse me upon reading this But if you study WWII the US certainly played a big role and really carried the war in the far east but as for Europe well we didn t come close to suffering the horrible atrocities suffering andosses the Russians did Not even close The US in total Woman Much Missed lost slightly over 400000 people in the war a horrible figure to be sure But Russia or the Soviet Union suffered roughly 10 Million military deaths and combined with civilian deaths the total was closer to 25 MILLION which basically makes all of the other countries fighting in that theaterook Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong like they were going to a high school dance because if you want to read about some true atrocities aside from the Holocaust itself of course study the Leningrad and Stalingrad campaigns Weove to Citizen Cain laud Patton as an ass kicker and he was a charismaticeader but he had nothing on the Soviets whose Field Marshal Zhukov beat the shit out of the Germans while driving them back to Berlin where the Germans surrendered to him personally I don t write this to mock my own country nor to disrespect our Trail of Secrets losses and sacrifices But I ve basically had it with patriots whoove to talk about how America kicked everyone s ass in WWII while saving the world when we barely partook of the majority of the years battles and campaigns other countries did and while our civilians at home had nothing to worry about as opposed to nearly all European countries as well as many in the Pacific theater If you are unaware of these facts I advise you to read this book read another on Stalingrad I have isted in my bookshelves here and anything else educational because it really opens the eyes and makes one appreciate just how horrible things were on the eastern front and how many people in other countries might be justified in arguing that it was the Soviets and not the Americans who won the war Recommended Focused on the front end "Of The Siege Jones "the siege Jones the suffering of Leningrad well Sketching out the military aspects of the commanders and armies in the first two chapters the remainder of the book is dedicated to suffering and surviving It is unimaginable to me how one endures temperatures of negative 20 or negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit for months at a time with no central heating ittle or no firewood cardboard or blankets draped across shattered windows eating nothing but a few slices of One Special Moment lumpy bread boiled wallpaper paste scones made of used coffee grounds chewing oneather belts to give the illusion of eatingIt is unimaginable to me to think of running from a cannibal axe in hand down a narrow alleywayDon t forget the Germans are trying to kill you with shelling and bombing tooIf you A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain like survival horror stories even if you don tike military history give this one a go. Alism 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 ive performance of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony profoundly strengthened the city’s will to resistA 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 catastroph.
review Leningrad State of SiegeI will talk to you during the artillery fire she said it by its glow What can the enemy do destroy kill that s it but I can The Mommy Makeover love It is not possible to count the treasures of my soul I willove and I will The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives live Michael Jones tells us about the 872 day siege of Leningrad Relying on an extensive collection of personal diaries collected by the Blockade Museum in Saint Petersburg he has also met visual witnesses Andrei Krukov s and Elena Martilla s testimonies are the most salient ones Significantly the middle section of the book displays a range of sketches drawn by 18 yo Elena Martilla from theocals stating elouently than any official history how they faced the harrowing situation they found themselves in This book is about bringing humanity back into this extraordinary story and allow these A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, lost voices to speak again You are told as much about the general conduct of war about the official bread ration throughout the war about how some Leningraders carried on with their usual professions about the power shortages about the atrocious hellishiving conditions during the most grievous times of the blockade spanning three months from December 1941 to March 1942 when there was hardly any water gas power or food supplies with average temperature around 30 C to 40 C1 The awful shortcomings of the Soviet RegimeLeningrad State of Siege is also an account of the awful failure of the First Blood local Soviet authorities and how they tried to hide the facts about starvation and their hardly doing anything to assuage it during the 872 days siege Michael Jones adresses official versions and redresses the history of the incredibly resilient LeningradersYou can see how dreadfully unprepared both the militaries and the Soviet Premier were when the war broke out on 22 June 1941 how shockingly irresponsible Voroshilov and reckless Zhukov two men in charge of the region s defenses How utterly unforeseeing the city s authorities constantly monitoring the citizens but not ensuring the minimal food supply to the population during critical times How fear and censorship totally paralyzed the decision process preventing an efficient defense of Leningrad to be set up It all gave way to foodstuffs diverted from those most in need of them to theft black market and bribery So much so that even the food supplies reaching Leningrad via daring convoys on frozen Ladoga Lake were mostly not reaching the famished and crucial evacuations forever postponed2 Thousands were dying everyday but beleaguered Leningrad had somewhat stayed alive As you read excerpts from eyewitnesses and inhabitants personal diaries you realise what allowed several hundred thousands to escape these abysmal odds people were cultivating a purpose a bond a sense of responsibility towards their fellow sufferers in the city achieving trust and self belief In turn they managed to surviveonger propped by the sense of belonging to something The Palliser Novels larger than their weakened selves3 This book draws out efficiently the turning points in the conflict You can refer to a short summarized timeline consult a bunch of maps to figure out the whole alarming situation of the city under siegeAmong the key events The German capture of Shlisselburg blockading and opening the siege of Leningrad 8 September 1941 First convoy oforries bringing in supplies across Lake Ladoga s Road of Life 22 November 1941 Leonid Govorov taking command of the Leningrad Front 1 April 1942 Tram services resume along three routes in Leningrad 27 April 1942 Performance of Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony 9 August 1942 Operation Iskra breaks the German blockade in the Bottleneck area from Shlisselburg to Siniavino 18 January 1943 The offensive Men And Gods In Mongolia led by Leonid Govorov secures the completeiberation of Leningrad 27 January 1944 Throughout there are remarkable instances of this wonderful Russian black humour and self derision I have had the chance to confirm visiting present day Petersburg in 2018My most sincere thanks to TBV for his kind and most pertinent recommendationRelated works L URSS de Hunter Killer (Pike Logan la R volutiona mort de Staline 1917 1953A Writer at War Vasily Grossman with the Red ArmyLes BienveillantesMusical score Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony This is a decent book covering the World War Two siege of Leningrad The book is full of first hand accounts from those caught in the city and besieged by the German Army who had adopted a deliberate policy of starving the city to death It s not an in depth military history for that you will have to Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, look elsewhere David Glantz and Harrison Salisbury Most of the accounts are from Russian civilians caught up in this terrible siege and generally cover the slow starvation of the city and its affects on the population Some of the stories are fairly horrific with accounts of cannibalism and murder as morals break down with those slowly starving to death The book is full of sad and terrible accounts with the occasional uplifting story of the human spirit persevering against all odds One thing with this book was that I was uite taken back with the ineptitude of the Soviet command within the city and the abuse of power of those who made decisions affecting theives of so many innocent people While those in position of authority stuffed themselves with delicacies the average person tried to survive on an adulterated bread ration as ow as 150 gramsOverall a decent account of this terrible "WW2 siege but for those who want on the military aspects of the siege of Leningrad they may need "siege but for those who want on the military aspects of the siege of Leningrad they may need ook elsewhere Some good oral accounts of the siege but the author certainly has a western bias Germany declared war on the Soviet Union on Sunday 22 June 1941 In Leningrad State of Siege author Michael Jones outlines Hitler s policy with regard to the Soviet Union describes the three pronged advance into Russia problems within the Soviet command and then devotes the rest of this book to the actual siege of Leningrad The siege of Leningrad popularly known as the 900 days asted 872 days from 8 September 1941 when the Germans first blockaded the city to 27 January 1944 when their armies were finally repulsed from Leningrad Mr Jones states My understanding of the siege is informed not by official Soviet records of the people s valour but by actual accounts of those trapped in the city He gathers his information from interviews with survivors and from some of the many diaries in which the populace recorded what was actually happening and how they responded to these eventsEven before the siege of Leningrad the Germans committed horrendous
atrocities such as the murder 26th June 1941 of a arge numbersuch as the on 26th June 1941 of a Alpha (Shifters, large number Jews in Lithuania On 26 June over a thousand Jews were herded together and then clubbed to death at the Lietukis Garageess than 200 yards from Sixteenth Army s H Large numbers of Germa. “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. N soldiers stood by and watched No one attempted to stop the killing A German ordnance sergeant from the 562nd Bakery Company Whalerider later recalled I saw these people being rounded up and then just had toook away as they were clubbed to death right before our eyes It was all so cruel and brutal A great many German soldiers as well as Lithuanians stood there watching They did not express either assent or disapproval they just stood totally indifferent Racial hatred was extended to captured Red Army soldiers the Slavs being described as a race of inferior beings who had to march hundreds of miles instead of travelling by train for fear of their contaminating and soiling the wagons The siege is itself an atrocity but during the siege there were also barbarous acts such as the Lychkovo massacre on the 18th August 1941 in which a train full of children being evacuated from Leningrad was deliberately bombed and very many children diedIt is not surprising that the Germans achieved one of their major goals with relative ease This goal was to Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex lay siege to Leningrad which was deliberately chosen as The fall of Leningrad will deprive the Soviet state of the symbol of its revolution During 1937 38 there had been a massive purge of the Red Army in which thousands perished including Of the five marshals of the Soviet Union three were shot fifteen out of sixteen army commanders were eliminated sixty out of sixty seven corps commanders 136 out of 169 divisional commanders Even before the siege had to be endured than 30000 Leningraders had been arrested some of these were executed whilst other were deported toabour camps Stalin s Graphic Design For Everyone loyal friend Kliment Voroshilov who was appointed as the commander at Leningrad simply wasn t up to the task and made some catastrophic mistakes These are detailed in this bookLeningrad s major food store at Badayev had been destroyed by the Germans on the 8th September 1941 there had been plans to disperse the food stores but Voroshilov never got around to doing it so that the bulk of the city s food disappeared in an inferno of burning butter sugar ham etc Rations were inevitably introduced and inevitably these shrunk and shrunk so that by 20th November 1941 in the midst of winter the daily bread ration was 250g for factory workers 125g for office workers and 125g for dependants Bread of course was not a delicious baguette or ciabatta no it was Because ingredients were so scarce the proportion of flour used in aoaf made in the besieged city was constantly revised In mid September oats that had formerly been reserved for horse fodder were added to the commercial bread recipe as was malt In October mouldy grain retrieved from a ship that had been sunk in Lake Ladoga was dried out and also added By November a standard Leningrad Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, loaf also contained edible cellulose cottonseed oil cake dust shaken out of flour sacks and floor sweepings The bread was heavy and when you took it in your hands water dripped from it Glue was extracted from wallpaper and from books to boil into a jelly or soup Small pieces ofeather belts were chewed on People in bread ueues were freuently targeted by the GermansThat winter of 1941 the temperatures dropped and dropped Conditions were dire Trams had stopped operating there was no electricity and there were water shortages Windows were blown out of buidings There were fires Residents were eft homeless Even when the ration sizes were increased the civilians who had been waiting outside the bread bakeries since 300 am could not get bread as there was insufficient water and no fuel to bake the bread Bodies began piling up Lethargy and exhaustion were the order of the day to bake the bread Bodies began piling up Lethargy and exhaustion were the order of the day Pox broke out so did Typhus Hunger drove some people to commit horrendous crimes including theft of rations ration cards and cannibalism Other people selflessly helped others for example by helping those who collapsed in the snow or by going house to house to collect children who had been orphaned and eft without food The performing arts fraternity provided whatever
entertainment they could to ift the spirits of their fellow citizens Duringthey could to ift the spirits of their fellow citizens During stage performance of The Three Musketeers one of the stars dropped dead but the "show continue with two musketeers poets anna akhmatova "continue with two musketeers Poets Anna Akhmatova Olga Berggolts did radio broadcasts There was ballet there was music Sometimes the audience didn t have enough energy to applaud but would simply stand to show their appreciation An inoculation programme was introduced and than 400 disinfecting points were set up Vitamin C was extracted from pine needles and a drink was manufactured to combat scurvy At the beginning of April Leningrad s power generators were repaired And on 15 April the trams started running again A massive cleaning operation was underway to remove bodies for burial in communal graves and for cleaning the mounds of debris from the heavily shelled city As spring appeared cabbages and potatoes were grown Things started Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, looking up aittle At the beginning of April 1942 the Leningrad Front received a new commander Lieutenant General Leonid Govorov The very famous concert of Dmitri Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony was to be conducted by Karl Eliasberg on the 9th August 1942 The Germans had boasted that they would capture the city on 9 August and hold a victory celebration at Leningrad s Astoria Hotel The date for the Seventh Symphony s premiere was thus deliberately chosen And on 9 August 1942 several hours before the performance of Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony began he Gogorov ordered a barrage of shells to be fired at German gun emplacements This was a most dramatic overture Govorov had realised that The Intelligent Entrepreneur lighting up the Philharmonic Hall for the concert would make it a target and as a precaution heaunched Operation Suall blasting all the enemy s artillery positions The Germans were unable to recover in time to disrupt the concert Govorov understood that the symphony would The Summer of the Ubume lift the morale of the defenders and shake the enemy s confidence so he set up radio transmitter dishes ensuring that Red Army soldiers could easilyisten to it and also ordered the concert to be played on speakers pointing towards the German Distracted - Acting Edition lines In September 1942 the great Battle of Stalingrad was fought and the tide turned By early 1943 Leningrad was finallyiberated On 6 February 1943 the first trainload of provisions arrived at Leningrad Much of the information was initially suppressed Great Trauma heilen leaders rally people at a time of crisis and win over the dissident and the critic to thearger cause Yet Leningrad s collective unity had arisen from a remorseless policy of repression Even when there was no electric Developing Resilient Organizations light no water supply no newspapers Dmitry Likhachev recalled the authorities were still watching over us It is this aspect of Leningrad s story which 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 chaosIn 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 storiesong suppressed by the Soviets of Clean Tech, Clean Profits looting criminal gangs and cannib.