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The Resource The war within : diaries from the Siege of Leningrad, Alexis Peri

The war within : diaries from the Siege of Leningrad, Alexis Peri

Label
The war within : diaries from the Siege of Leningrad
Title
The war within
Title remainder
diaries from the Siege of Leningrad
Statement of responsibility
Alexis Peri
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In September 1941, two-and-a-half months after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, the German Wehrmacht encircled Leningrad. Cut off from the rest of Russia, the city remained blockaded for 872 days, at a cost of almost a million civilian lives, making it one of the longest and deadliest sieges in modern history. The War Within chronicles the Leningrad blockade from the perspective of those who endured the unendurable. Drawing on 125 unpublished diaries written by individuals from all walks of Soviet life, Alexis Peri tells the tragic story of how citizens struggled to make sense of a world collapsing around them. Residents recorded in intimate detail the toll taken on minds and bodies by starvation, bombardment, and disease. For many, diary writing became instrumental to survival--a tangible reminder of their humanity. The journals also reveal that Leningraders began to reexamine Soviet life and ideology from new, often critical perspectives. Leningrad's party organization encouraged diary writing, hoping the texts would guide future histories of this epic battle. But in a bitter twist, the diarists became victims not only of Hitler but also of Stalin. The city's isolation from Moscow made it politically suspect. When the blockade was lifted in 1944, Kremlin officials censored publications describing the ordeal and arrested hundreds of Leningrad's wartime leaders. Many were executed. Diaries--now dangerous to their authors--were concealed in homes, shelved in archives, and forgotten. The War Within recovers these lost narratives, shedding light on one of World War II's darkest episodes. --
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peri, Alexis
Dewey number
940.54/217210922
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Russians
  • Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Label
The war within : diaries from the Siege of Leningrad, Alexis Peri
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Year zero -- Part I. Inside the ring. The ring takes shape -- Becoming new people -- The elusive I -- Family life and strife -- Part II. Exploring the island. The hierarchy of lives -- The city as medical laboratory -- In the mirror of history -- Conclusion: After the ring broke
Control code
2016018187
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 337 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674971554
Lccn
2016018187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The war within : diaries from the Siege of Leningrad, Alexis Peri
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Year zero -- Part I. Inside the ring. The ring takes shape -- Becoming new people -- The elusive I -- Family life and strife -- Part II. Exploring the island. The hierarchy of lives -- The city as medical laboratory -- In the mirror of history -- Conclusion: After the ring broke
Control code
2016018187
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 337 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674971554
Lccn
2016018187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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