An unanimous clarion call for serious alert to save mankind from such grievous horrors as the 900-day long siege of Leningrad ever heard of in human history emerged out of a function organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi jointly with the Russian Geographical Society on January 23, 2019. The speakers paid glowing tributes to the people who laid their lives with supreme sacrifice not only for their Motherland but also to the entire humanity.
On the occasion, a Photographic Exhibition “Blockade: The Grief is Forever” by Alexander Novikov, dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Leningrad (1944), was held.
The photographs displayed at the exhibition literally reflected the painful sequences of the terrible blockade. It consisted of modern photographs of St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) and most memorable places of blockade history.
While introducing the distinguished guests, Ms. Ludmilla Filippova , Chief Coordinator (Culture & Information), RCSC, brought out some facts and figures pertaining to the horrifying blockade quoting the announcement of Nuremberg trials. As per statistics, 641,000 of civilians had died, but findings of scientific researchers showed that figures could from 800,000 to one million people. She explained the blow-by-blow account of the longest battle in the history of World War II.
In a horrific account, the Chief Guest Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President of the International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of EU RASIA”, noted that the blockade starting from September 8, 1941 to January 27, 1944 would remain in our memory as an unparalleled event in world history and one of the most tragic pages of World War II. He described the operation, jointly launched by German troops with the Finnish Army, boldly resisted by the Red Army against heavy odds during the freezing winter with no sufficient supply of water, electricity and food, dearth for space for mass burial, culminating into the epoch-making liberation of Leningrad.
The Guest of Honour Air Marshal Naresh Verma, former Director-General, Administration, Indian Air Force, former Director of Indian International Centre, made a strong appeal to the present generation to grasp the magnitude of the most grievous tragedy in human memory and draw a lesson and strenuously work for a new world order pledging thereon not to let a similar situation to occur anywhere in the world. He offered a big salute to the heroic Soviet people who took into their fold unimaginable sufferings to save mankind.
Sharing the painful memory on the personal experience of her aunt during the Leningrad Blockade, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Training Centre of Russian Language Teachers, RCSC, narrated the eye-witness account of her relation which touched and moved the gathering.