Thursday, August 30, 2007


This Day in the History of Evil

On this day in 1941, the 29 month siege of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) began when German troops of Army Group North cut the last rail line between the city and the rest of the USSR, although most historians put the start date as September 8, 1941, when the encirclement of the city was complete. A third of a million Soviet troops were battle deaths and nearly a million civilians starved to death before the city was fully liberated on January 27, 1944.


While I won't argue with your usage*, it struck me as a bit odd to refer to Leningrad being recaptured by the Soviets as being "liberated".

*It's standard and I might have said the same, myself.
It was an out of the frying pan... sort of liberation.
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