Unconquered: survivors of the Siege of Leningrad from over 20 countries participated in an online meeting

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Residents of besieged Leningrad and participants in the city's defence from over 20 countries gathered not in their hometown, but on a virtual platform for the first time in 77 years since the lifting of the Nazi blockade. 

The video conference, which was organized by the Committee for External Relations of the St. Petersburg Government in conjunction with Rossotrudnichestvo offices abroad, connected foreign organizations of World War II veterans with the State Museum of Defence and Siege of Leningrad. 

The blockade veterans who now live in Armenia, Bulgaria, the UK, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, USA, Czech Republic, Finland, France and other countries met online. After a minute of silence to the accompaniment of the Leningrad metronome, the governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov congratulated the participants in a video message. 

The participants shared their memories of the blockade, post-war life, talked about their work to perpetuate the memory of the feat of the Soviet people, read their poems and expressed various suggestions and wishes. 

This “holiday with tears in our eyes” has its own traditions. One of them is the laying of flowers and wreaths at The Mother-Motherland monument at the Piskarevskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg. This year, siege survivors living abroad participated in this tradition remotely: during the conference, a recording of the laying of 15 wreaths from different countries at the Piskarevskoye cemetery memorial was broadcasted on the eve of the memorable date. Memorial ceremonies were also held at the monument to the survivors of the Siege of Leningrad in Bishkek, the monument to the children of the besieged Leningrad in Yerevan, memorials to the heroes of Leningrad in Sukhum, Jerusalem, the memorial to Soviet soldiers and residents of the besieged Leningrad who fell during the Second World War in Manchester (UK), as well as in other cities. 

 

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