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Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad presents unique wartime documents and maps

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The exhibition titled ‘Scale of War’ is available online.

Unique maps, archive documents and photos of the 1940s are showcased at the exhibition titled ‘Scale of War’ in the Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad. The exhibition commemorates topographers and cartographers whose work and heroism during the war have long been out of public attention.

The exhibition features city plans, codified and raised-relief maps, local layouts and other documents. For the first time, the city plan of Berlin made in 1943 in the besieged Leningrad has been exhibited. The chart dubbed ‘The Map of Victory’ shows over 6 thousand streets, squares, buildings and bridges. 

Yelena Reznik, director of the State Memorial Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad, tells: ‘All the documents and photos are unique. They are from our collection and the collection of the Museum of military topographers. I hope this project will mark the start of our cooperation.’

Cartographers had to work in difficult conditions during the siege. They had to lift 50-kilo spools for photo equipment and carry large ice blocks from the Neva River to cool the printing machines.

The unique exhibits are to be viewed on the web portal of the Museum and in social media.

Photo and video: Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad

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