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Wartime Suffering and Survival

The Human Condition under Siege in the Blockade of Leningrad, 1941-1944

Jeffrey K. Hass

Wartime Suffering and Survival

Wartime Suffering and Survival

The Human Condition under Siege in the Blockade of Leningrad, 1941-1944

Wartime Suffering and Survival

 

Wartime Suffering and Survival explores how average people survive in the face of incredible odds. Using diaries, recollections, police records, interviews, and state documents from the Blockade of Leningrad in World War II, he shows how average Leningraders coped with the nightmares of war, starvation, and extreme uncertainty.


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Beschrijving Wartime Suffering and Survival

During the 872-day siege of Leningrad from September 1941 to January 1944, civilians endured air raids, bread rations as low as 125 grams, food theft and speculation by opportunistic officials and shadow market traders, and death by starvation. As shocks of total war weaken institutions, desperate survival can compel violation of norms, and personal suffering can shatter long-held beliefs and practices.

In Wartime Suffering and Survival, Jeffrey K. Hass uses the Blockade of Leningrad in World War II to explore the social practices and dynamics by which we cope or collapse. Using hundreds of personal accounts from diaries, recollections, police records, interviews, and state documents, Hass tells the story of how average Leningraders coped with the nightmares of war, starvation, and extreme uncertainty. By exploring the state and shadow markets, food, families, gender, class, death,
and suffering, he describes the routines of daily life, the functioning of official institutions, and the development of illegal practices that were made and remade in the interactions of citizens and state agencies coping with new and extreme situations. The key to what Leningraders did and how they survived,
Hass argues, is relations to anchors—entities of symbolic and personal significance that tethered Leningraders to each other and shaped practices of empathy and compassion, and of opportunism and egoism.

Moving and powerful, Wartime Suffering and Survival goes to the heart of human resilience and fragility and to the core of the human condition—both individual and social.


ISBN
9780197514276
Pagina's
432
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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