By Richard Bidlack, Nikita Lomagin

Established mostly on previously top-secret Soviet archival records (including sixty six reproduced records and 70 illustrations), this ebook portrays the interior workings of the communist get together and mystery police in the course of Germany's terrible 1941–44 siege of Leningrad, within which on the subject of 1000000 voters perished. It indicates how the city's population replied to the intense calls for positioned upon them, encompassing either the actions of the political, defense, and armed forces elite in addition to the activities and attitudes of standard Leningraders.

"The authors attempt to strip away the long-standing and mostly politically- and ideologically-motivated misconceptions and myths that have clouded non-military elements and conditions of the siege. They rigidity, particularly, the activities and blunders of Soviet political professionals and the human and attitudes of the various peoples who continued the siege."--David M. Glantz, Editor of the magazine of Slavic army Studies.--David Glantz

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Glantz draws attention to the numerous attempts by the Red Army to lift the siege in 1942 and 1943 and thereby puts to rest any suspicion that Stalin was unconcerned about Leningrad’s fate. Our work relies heavily on Glantz’s research for the military context of the siege. British historian Michael Jones has recently published a synthesis of the blockade intended for the general reader based on a wide range of published accounts and on diaries and letters from the Blockade Museum in 10 Introduction St.

Chapter 6, which is based on party and NKVD files, addresses the issue of opposition to Soviet authority. Studies of resistance during the Stalin years have attracted considerable attention recently. 44 In this chapter we attempt to measure the extent to which antiSoviet or “counterrevolutionary” attitudes were translated into organized activity designed to subvert Soviet control. Discussion of anti-Soviet sentiment is enhanced through use of NKVD files, which are essential for addressing the question of whether there was conspiratorial opposition to communist authority in wartime Leningrad and if so, how extensive it was.

To Stalin and his Kremlin comrades the blockade was likely an embarrassing reminder of their inability to better defend the city, prevent mass starvation, and break the enemy’s hold until early 1944. Following the purge of Leningrad’s wartime leaders Aleksei Kuznetsov, Pyotr Popkov, and others, their Kremlin rivals and executioners were not about to draw attention to the role they played in the siege or the fate of the city they defended. The most important bit of information about the blockade that came to light prior to 1953 was a summary statement on mortality.

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