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Annotated Bibliography for Elena Skrjabina

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Skrjabina, Elena. "Siege and Survival: The Odyssey of a Leningrader." Translated by Norman Luxenburg (Southern Illinois University Press, 1971)

This is book is the published diary of Elena Skrjabina. In this collection, with certain background preface, she recorded her experiences of living in the besieged city of Leningrad starting slightly prior and continuing through the years of occupation during WWII. Of particular interest are experiences regarding interaction with others, social observations, and degradation of tone, hope and any sort of positive outlook. These insights will give us a deeper understanding of social development inside a city under duress. Effects of starvation, war, and enemy propaganda affect everyone differently, and it is exactly the effects of such conditions on society that we wish to uncover and relate to life of Elena. Furthermore it will allow us to establish a connection with Elena and her views on the events unfolding, relating them back to the way she was treated and the way she acted in soviet-era Leningrad while under siege.

Volkovskij, N.L. ed. "Blokada Leningrada v Dokumentah Rassekrechennykh Arkhivov." MO Russia: University of Military History, 1994.

This is a collection (in Russian) of unarchived military documents regarding military and civil matters during the encirclement, defense and final liberation of the city. It contains chronological correspondence between military leaders, military, and political directives regarding the Leningrad front, as well as descriptions of plans and actions taken to help the city in the years of the siege. Provides a look of those interested in the city from outside the blockade.

Salisbury, Harrison Evans. "The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad." New York: Harper & York, 1969

This novel is based upon historical interviews, conducted by Salisbury, about what it was like living in the city of Leningrad during the siege. Book contains extensive description, and personification of grief and despair experienced by people interviewed for the book.

"Zhenshini Leningrada V Gody Blokady: Theses of papers presented at a conference 20-22 March 2005." St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg University Press, 2005

This book is a concatenation of thesis, compiled after a 'Women of Leningrad during Blockade Years' conference held in St. Petersburg very recently. While not the collection of actual essays, these thesis statements, in native Russian, are invaluable in providing a unique look into modern views of the events that took place, as well as sentiments, analysis and conclusions drawn about the time period by academics from St. Petersburg. This complilation prodives a glimpse into how the view towards the women of Leningrad has evolved over time. We will see which events were viewed as more or less significant, which social statuses gathered more recognition and then tie the conducted analysis into the diary of Elena, in order to draw parallels and contrasts as to how much the society changed over last 60 years on viewing women and their contributions.

Krypton, Constantine. "The Siege of Leningrad." Russian Review, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct. 1954), pp. 255-265

This article contains views of foreigners and visitors in respect about Leningrad shortly after the siege was lifted. It provides a quick background and sentiment of the people, buildings, city and the behaviors of the population residing therein during the siege. It also overviews the events that took place, and names of some statistics of survival, and population changes over the course of the siege, and the aftermath. There is some social effects isolated in the article, particularly those of political bias, which is of particular interest since it relates very closely to the actions taken by citizens and the consequences, as a result of the state's order to not surrender the city.

Clapperton, James. "The Siege of Leningrad As Sacred Narrative: Conversations with Survivors." Oral History, Vol. 35, No. 1, War and Masculinities (Spring, 2007), pp. 49-60.

This article is based on interviews with 30 survivors of the siege. The article compares these testimonies (collected between 2001-2006) with those collected earlier and recently published, in order to examine the approach and accuracy of portrayal of the siege and overall experiences of the population in modern literature. The article talks about certain myths and propaganda rumors that are inherent in a lot of released statements as a result of heavy Soviet censorship. This provides a unique look into how the Soviet government handled the release and spread of information regarding the behavior of the citizens of the city at such a difficult time. Overall, the argument boiled down to heavy usage of images and textual propaganda, as well as fear factor in order to keep population from abandoning defences. It also gives a glimpse in how these experiences might have affected those outside, form both mortal and political standpoints.

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