Siege of Leningrad
Background Activity - Logan Taylor
Lev is a seventeen year old Jew living in Germany during World War 2. He was a fireman in a building called the Kirov. His family had already felt north from the city, so he stayed behind with some of his friends in the fire brigade. He was there for so long that he could tell the planes by the sound of the engines. He
City of Leningrad
According to Lev, his hometown is often fondly referred to Piter, a city that had no shortages, so much food that it would have been considered a feast, but food quickly became scarce and cigarettes had run out by December, only six months later. Piter was a proud city, A place that had everything it needed, or so they though. Nobody expected this war to be as intense as it was, and hardly anyone was prepared for the fullness of all the hardships that came their way. Many people started eating things that were never meant to be food. Things like books, or wallpaper were made into treats by using the paste or binding as food. The war was devastating for everyone in Lev's beloved city, Leningrad.
During the War
Upon Lev's arrival to the Kirov, he discovers his apartment is destroyed. "We had just turned the corner into Voinova and I raised my hand to point out the Kirov. I was pointing at nothing, but for a long time I didn't even think to lower my hand. Where the Kirov had stood there was now rubble, a steep hill of broken concrete slabs, a scree of masonry and twisted steel rods and sprays of glass dust glittering in the moonlight" (pg. 68). During the war, many of the fancy buildings, including Lev's home were destroyed.
After the war, many people were devastated and left with absolutely nothing. Many people, including Lev lost friends or family. A lot of buildings were destroyed during the course of the siege. The whole city was in ruins, and many of the people had died throughout this tragedy. Everybody was suffering from one form of loss of another. This was a horrible time to be in Russia because they lost almost everything, and had to resort to many habits that were unhealthy and immoral in order to survive.