Shostakovich – who?

Posted: December 18, 2009 in Miscellaneous

The Battle, or indeed siege, of Leningrad is famous for the length of time it took and the casualties taken. The World at War series of 1969 gives a superb explanation of what happened and the terrible suffering the inhabitants of the city endured.

The clip above is from the World at War series. If you want to know more about the period, either type the episode title of Red Star into YouTube or buy the series. The name in the post is a Russian composer. He lived under Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin so he was not alone amongst the millions of people living in the Soviet Union in falling out of favour with the government at some stage. The clip below, again from the Open University, explains that the siege of Leningrad was an important event in his life.

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