Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2011

In Osteuropa 8-9/2011

“The Corpses Were Not Picked Up for Months”
A Childhood in the Besieged City

Irina A. Kureeva

Deutsche Fassung


There are only a few survivors of the Leningrad Blockade who remember that fine autumn day in 1941 when their childhood came to an abrupt end. From that point on, bombs and artillery shells, cold, darkness, and hunger determined their life. And death, who took their parents and siblings, their grand-parents and friends. Over the course of their lives, these traumatised children have yet to receive an answer to the question: “Why?” The art historian and museum educator Irina A. Kureeva was 12 years old when the blockade began.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2011, pp. 91–100)