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On the 8th of September 1941 the Germans began their attack on the city of Leningrad During this time the citizens of the city were virtually cut off from the world It lasted for about 900 days from September 8 1941 till January 27 1944 All the citizens of Leningrad united and grouped together in hope of a quick defeat of the Germans and a wave of patriotism spread through out the city The radio played a very important role in keeping the flow of the feeling Many people used this form of communication as a method of hope one that would announce the defeat of the Germans the broadcasts were used to boast the morale of the people of the USSR Also the newspapers took on the same role as a radio however unlike the radio their main aim was to increase patriotism and nationalism Lots of articles were published glorifying Soviet victories Songs also became a type of propaganda for the people For example Dmitri Shostakovich played his Seventh Symphony However he said that its not about Leningrad under siege its about the Leningrad that Stalin destroyed and that Hitler nearly finished off In this blockade Hitler concentrated on trying to starve the people out of the city By the end it was estimated that there were about 670000 deaths from 1941 to January 1944 mostly from starvation and cold From other sources it was estimated that actually from 700000 to 15 million people died By the winter of 1941-42 there was no heating no water supply almost no electricity and very little food On September 2 the food-stuffs consumption was reduced the workers had 600 grams of bread daily employees- 400 children and dependants- 300 And then in January 1942 the lowest food rations in the city were recorded they were only 125 grams of day per bread and due to this in just two months 200 thousand people died Several thousand
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