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27 Jan 2015

Vitebsk to celebrate end of Leningrad siege

VITEBSK, 27 January (BelTA) – Over 30 Leningrad siege survivors will take part in a solemn meeting in Vitebsk to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Nazi siege of Leningrad during World War II, chairperson of the Vitebsk organization of the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans Galina Frantseva told BelTA.

The Vitebsk Oblast Center for Children and Youth will house a solemn meeting where the Leningrad siege survivors and former children of war will tell the younger generation about the horrors of war and how they managed to survive in that cold, hunger, and constant shelling. The veterans will also speak about the Red Army's effort to end the siege of Leningrad during Operation Iskra. Galina Frantseva emphasized how important it is for today’s children to hear the stories from the siege survivors themselves. For their part, the children will organize a concert for the veterans.

Today 106 Leningrad siege survivors live in Vitebsk Oblast, 46 of them in Vitebsk. The city has plans to set up a permanent exhibition about the heroism and courage demonstrated by the residents of Leningrad during the siege. The idea will be implemented by Tatiana Khramtsova, a daughter of a siege survivor, with the assistance of the Vitebsk organization Bratstvo (brotherhood) of the public association Belarusian Union of Afghan War Veterans. The organizers are currently gathering items for the exhibition.

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