Wartime Evacuation Video

Frank Capra. Battle of Russia from WWII: Why We Fight (1943)
Description: German troops invade the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 and head toward Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev. City after city fall to the Germans in quick succession, causing millions of Soviet citizens to flee east and south.

Frank Capra. Battle of Russia from WWII: Why We Fight (1943)
Description: After Lake Ladoga froze during the fall of 1941, Soviets constructed a ‘Road of Life’ that linked blockaded Leningrad to Soviet-held territory on the opposite shore. Food, medicine and other supplies were delivered to Leningrad over the Road of Life by car, truck and railroad. Over 500,000 Leningraders were evacuated out of the city along this ice road during the winter months of 1941-42.

Sergei Loznitsa. Blokada (2005)
Description: BLOKADA is a documentary made with silent footage from the years 1941-1944. This clip shows Soviet citizens trudging through the bridges and streets of Leningrad and boarding the train that will transport them to Soviet-held territory on the opposite shore of Lake Ladoga. 1.3 million citizens were evacuated from Leningrad along this ‘Road of Life,’ mostly by foot.

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