Stalin and The Betrayal of Leningrad

Mar 12, 2024 | Military/War, Videos

The 900-day siege of Leningrad was one of the darkest periods in Russian history. It was a conflict that would leave an indelible mark on both the city and its inhabitants, creating both heroes and victims, and establishing a newfound sense of independence in the former capital. To this day, it remains one of the most well documented sieges in history — and now there is an opportunity to explore it further with Dr John Barber’s new documentary about the infamous siege.

The documentary explores how Leningraders survived against all odds, enduring starvation, extreme cold temperatures and bombardment from German forces. We learn about Stalin’s suspicion of the city, which led to him purging 2,000 of its citizens, as well as about those who fought for independence during the siege. The documentary also covers how life slowly began to return to normal after 1945 when Leningraders finally regained control over their city.

But perhaps most fascinating are the accounts from eyewitnesses whose stories bring this dark period alive once again. With interviews from survivors, historians and experts on Russian history, Dr John Barber has created an insightful look at life during some of Russia’s darkest days. For anyone interested in understanding further what life was like under such brutal conditions, this documentary is essential viewing.

So if you’re looking for a comprehensive look at Leningrad’s 900-day siege – or just want to learn more about this crucial time period in Russian history – be sure to check out Dr John Barber’s new documentary. You will come away with a deeper understanding not only of these events but also the spirit of survival which kept Leningraders going through such adversity.

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