Siege of Leningrad Museum

The German siege of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941 and was lifted by the Russians on January 18, 1944. I visited the museum on 24 June 2006 as part of a Fulbright Study project in Russia. Assistance with Russian translations provided by Alex Polounin (STLCC - Instructional Resources). Assistance with German translations provided by Dr. Dirk K. Voss (STLCC - History Dept.).

A painting that communicates the suffering and hope of the citizens during the siege.

View of the interior of the Siege Museum.

Oil painting of the siege.

"Now, we together, will kill all Fascist."

"For Motherland and Stalin."

Russian dress uniform.

Russian uniforms.

Finnish uniform.

German uniform.

German driver's license belonging to Walter Scholz.

Cartridges and metals in situ from an archaeological excavation. The red ribbon translates as "ribbons" while the metal emblazed with a tank translates as "For Bravery."

Nazi insigna from the time of the siege including the a Groždeutschland ("Greater Germany") ribbon. .

Nazi insigna from the time of the siege. The Honor Dagger bears an inscription: Alles fur Deutschland "Everything for Germany."

Nazi artifacts from the time of the siege including an SS Panzerdivision "Wiking" cuffband.

Russian propaganda designed to dishearten German troops. The poster shows Count Heinrich von Einsiedel - a 21- year old Luftwaffe Ace (with 35 kills) and great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck. He was shot down over Stalingrad in 1942 and willing embraced Communism.

Nazi artifacts from the time of the siege. The ribbon with the tank insigna was awarded to a soldier who had destroyed a tank in close combat.

Submerged tank emerges.

Artillery shell.


Russian ration coupon for 1.5 kilograms of meat.

Russian ration coupon for sugar, fish, and bread. The coupon belong to Maria Smirnova.

Impact of the siege on Svetlana Petrova from May 1941 (passport photograph), May 1942, and October 1942 (just before her death from starvation).

Child's school uniform.

"The Extermination of Cultural Artifacts" [statues smashed by Nazis].

Nazi propaganda leaflet. "The truth about Russian POWs in German camps; they repair shoes and clothing".

Nazi propaganda leaflet intended to encourage surrender of troops. "Fighters and Commanders Decide! Do you want to die or leave?"

Nazi propaganda leaflet. "They feed us well. Others said to us that we would die in German captivity. Wow, we are laughing when we recall that."

German propaganda leaflet with an anti-Jewish overtone. "Where are we going, now?"

Russian soldier smashing an image of Hitler.

"For blood and tears of our children = Death to Germans."

Become a real person or a dependent. Which is better? Choose."

BogaTier, "God's Fighter."

"Leningrad blockade has failed. We will defeat the fascist occupiers."

Hurray! 25 years of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

"We will stop [the Nazi]."

TASS cartoon: Hitler plans to invade Leningrad from Helsenki.

Citizens of Leningrad. The enemy is at the gate. All Forces unit to defeat the enemey.

"Fascism - enemy of the human race."

"In the Sky. On the Land and Sea."

"We will fight our enemies until death."

TASS political cartoons from 1943.

"Then. Now. We will fight them in the future."

"F--k Off."

"Death to fascist occupiers."

"Kill the murderers of children."

Machine gun.

Russian film maker during the siege.

Motorcycle and sidecar.

Hitler comedy doll.

Helmet with bullet hole.

Nazis hang a partisan woman fighter.

Shallow grave burial, extended.

Shallow grave burial, flexed.

Russian government office during siege.


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