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Siege/Blockade of Leningrad 70 years ago
« on: September 22, 2011, 05:45:59 PM »
Hi, I'm not sure where to post this subject-wise.  But has anyone been thinking about or reading about the Siege of Leningrad, that began 70 years ago this month?  We hear so little about it from the media, I think.  I believe that this was Hitler's revenge for WW1, directed specifically at St. Petersburg as the seat of Imperial Russia.  I'm reading "Pavlosk" (Suzanne Massie) and the intent to destroy the palaces is, well, shocking. 

I have a 2 friends who survived the Blokade.  One friend's grandfather performed the premiere of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony during the siege. People died during rehearsals owing to the effort of playing!  I have got to get him to tell me the whole story of getting this piece performed -- it was a defiant gesture on the part of the Leningraders.

Anybody else thinking about this?