- Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 50 min.)) : sound, color
- Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : 2014.
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Directed by Michael Kloft.
In 1941, Hitler ordered the German army to invade Russia. The Nazis raced across Russia's heartland until they reached Leningrad - the cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution. But the city did not fall quickly to Hitler's troops. Instead it resisted. The siege of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941 and ended on January 27, 1944. For 872 days the city was surrounded. Within, the inhabitants fell into despair, starvation and cannibalism. Well over a million people lost their lives during this period. It is a breathtaking story both of heroism and mankind's failings - and one of the worst atrocities carried out by Germany during the Second World War. The unbreakable will and suffering of the people of modern day St. Petersburg remains, to this day, the stuff of legend. In this eye-opening new documentary, director Michael Kloft uses interviews with historians, eye-witness accounts and files of the NKVD (the Soviet secret police) to help shed light on what actually happened in Leningrad during the siege. Rarely seen film and photographs as well as original diaries and documents from the time help illustrate the tragedy.
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|Subject:||World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Soviet Union.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) > History > Siege, 1941-1944.