A video archive – reminiscences of Leningrad residents during the time of the Siege

About the Project

The Blockade. The Voices is a video archive containing reminiscences of people who lived in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during the time of the Blockade, or the Siege.

The Siege of Leningrad (September 9, 1941 – January 27, 1944) was not only one of the most dramatic events of the Second World War, but also of all military history. The city was surrounded for 872 days.
There is still no universally accepted figure for the number of civilian deaths in the city while it was under siege. According to the latest research, the death toll from starvation, the cold and air-raids was more than 1,500,000.
This humanitarian disaster not only deeply affected those who witnessed it, but it continues to stir the conscience of succeeding generations.

The goal of this project is to gather the testimonies of Leningraders who are willing to share their reminiscences. Their stories reflect the daily life, the customs and the mindset of the people as they were living in the besieged city. The information posted on this site is not subject to censorship.

The video archive The Blockade. The Voices is ever-expanding.
The interviews have been filmed in St. Petersburg and in other cities where survivors of the Siege live.

To date, 258 interviews have been shot.

62 of them have been edited and posted on the website.

Funding for the video archive The Blockade. The Voices has come from both coroporate and individual sponsors. Our sincere gratitude to all who support our project.


If you have any relatives who are survivors of the Siege and would agree to share their recollections, please write to us.
We will get in touch with you by all means.