Road of life

A passage out of hell. A narrow path over the thin ice was the only way out of besieged Leningrad. It saved many lives, but some never made it to the sanctuary of the shore.

On June 22, 1941, German forces attacked the Soviet Union. Hitler made Leningrad, as St. Petersburg was known at the time, one of his main strategic objectives. There have been many difficult and controversial moments in the history of St. Petersburg, but the 900 days' blockade during World War II, when the city and its inhabitants faced the possibility of utter extermination, was probably the most terrible time. The only way in and out of the besieged city was across a frozen lake. A narrow path in the ice became the road of life. What is left to remind us of those events and how memory lives on? Find out in the Road of Life.

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