All offers of surrender from Leningrad must be rejected, ordered Adolf Hitler on September 22, 1941, as Operation Barbarossa unfolded. the problem of housing and feeding the people cannot and should not be solved by us. In this struggle for survival, we have no interest in keeping even a proportion of the citys population alive. During the 900day siege of Leningrad, the German High Command deliberately planned to eradicate the citys population through starvation. By the time the siege ended in January 1944, more than a million people had died. Those who survived would be marked permanently by what they endured as the city descended into chaos. In Leningrad, military historian Michael Jones tells the human story of this epic siege. Drawing on newly available eyewitness accounts and diaries, he exposes the true horror of the ordeal including stories longsuppressed by the Soviets of looting, criminal gangs, and cannibalism. But he also explores the immense psychological resources on which citizens of Leningrad drew to survive against desperate odds. At the height of the siege, for instance, an extraordinary live performance of Shostakovichs Seventh Symphony profoundly strengthened the citys will to resist. When besieging German troops heard its defiant broadcast one remarked: We began to understand we would never take Leningrad. A riveting account of one of the most harrowing sieges in world history, Leningrad pays tribute to the astonishing power of the human will in the face of even the most dire catastrophe.
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Michael Jones has a Ph.D. in History from Bristol University and has taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has previously written books on Bosworth, Agincourt, and Stalingrad. He lives in South London, England.Review:
The Herald (Glasgow), May 17, 2007
“Jones charts the journey through moral and physical nightmare via the recollections of some who clung doggedly to life and from the diaries of many who did not see the end of the torment. It is a powerful narrative, evoking images of a descent into chaos few who had not experienced it could possibly imagine....Jones's gripping account is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in circumstances where it might easily have been overwhelmed, not by German firepower, but by sheer horror.” The Historian “Leningrad: State of Siege makes for compelling reading, and it is recommended to anyone who wants a better understanding of the human, and all too often tragic, dimension of the experience of ordinary people who lived in Leningrad and indeed much of Europe during the Second World War.”
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