The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl's Life in the Siege of Leningrad

The Diary of Lena Mukhina A Girl s Life in the Siege of Leningrad In May Lena Mukhina was an ordinary teenage girl living in Leningrad worrying about her homework and whether Vova the boy she liked liked her Like a good Soviet schoolgirl she was also dili

  • Title: The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl's Life in the Siege of Leningrad
  • Author: Lena Mukhina Amanda Love Darragh
  • ISBN: 9781447269878
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In May, 1941, Lena Mukhina was an ordinary teenage girl, living in Leningrad, worrying about her homework and whether Vova, the boy she liked, liked her Like a good Soviet schoolgirl she was also diligently learning German, the language of Russia s Nazi ally And she was keeping a diary, in which she recorded her hopes and dreams Then, on June 22, 1941, Hitler broke hisIn May, 1941, Lena Mukhina was an ordinary teenage girl, living in Leningrad, worrying about her homework and whether Vova, the boy she liked, liked her Like a good Soviet schoolgirl she was also diligently learning German, the language of Russia s Nazi ally And she was keeping a diary, in which she recorded her hopes and dreams Then, on June 22, 1941, Hitler broke his pact with Stalin and declared war on the Soviet Union All too soon, Leningrad was besieged and life became a living hell Lena and her family fought to stay alive their city was starving and its citizens were dying in their hundreds of thousands From day to dreadful day, Lena records her experiences the desperate hunt for food, the bitter cold of the Russian winter, the cruel deaths of those she loved The Diary of Lena Mukhina is a truly remarkable account of this most terrible era in modern history It offers readers the vivid first hand testimony of a courageous young woman struggling simply to survive.

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    1. he Diary of Lena Mukhina – An Insight in to a Very Dark TimeTo many people who think they know the stories of the Second World War what happened out on the Eastern Front is often ignored in the West, even though millions more soldiers and civilians died in this theatre of war. When people do talk about sieges of cities they often refer to that of Stalingrad and often forget Leningrad. The Diary of Lena Mukhina are the memoirs of a 16 year old girl from Leningrad who began her diary before the [...]

    2. It's a great book. There are some moments that are truly heartbreaking. As westerners we mostly reflect on the Western Front and the battles in the Pacific from WWII.It's a timely reminder of the size of the cheque Russia and the Soviet Union wrote the world. This books is amazing and often I felt I didn't want to turn the page.

    3. Det er en enestående øjenvidneberetning, der giver et sjældent indblik i hvor hårdt og umenneskeligt livet i den belejrede by var.

    4. 'The Diary of Lena Mukhina' was a Christmas gift and to be honest I was doubtful about it, mainly because the blurb overtly likens it to the uniquely powerful and moving diary of Anne Frank. Uh-oh, I thought, here is something trying to ride on the coat-tails of something else.It turns out however, that the parallel is justly drawn. Lena Mukhina's journal entries never reach the heartbreaking candour and disintegrating innocence of Anne Frank - the quality of the writing simply isn't as good, no [...]

    5. An emotional read. This diary has been likened to the diary of Anne Frank, and the similarities are obvious, from naïveté about war to the palpable maturity of young women in literary form. Lena's diary, however, is interesting in another historical context - her commitment to Stalinism and the communist regime underlies many entries, and made for a slightly difficult read. Yet this was the reality of her experience. The siege has been a topic of personal interest of mine for a long time. This [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. I found this book while on a Baltic cruise aboard The Viking Sea ship. Since we would be visiting St Petersburg, I wanted to read something historical about the area. This sixteen year old girl, Lena, writes in her real life diary about the siege of Leningrad, (known today as St Petersburg)by the Germans. It is touching and so real to read about the changes in her day-to-day life. The reader witnesses Lena's transition from a typical 16 year old girl consumed with normal everyday conc [...]

    7. Although this book is mildly repetitive, I on the other hand believe this adds to the accuracy and her inescapable existence during such a prolific time. But also the ambiguous ending works in Mukhina’s favour, leaving her life in Leningrad - dead or alive - the end of story is prolific and her development as a character is tragic but gripping, humbling to read.

    8. Noget af det, som fascinerede mig mest ved denne bog, var at se ændringen i Lenas tankegang og liv, da hun går fra at drømme om drenge og kærlighed til at drømme om en ordentlig mæthedsfølelse og mere end få hundrede gram brød. Dagbogen virker ganske autentisk og fortæller historien om hverdagen i Leningrad under Anden Verdenskrig.

    9. Germans walked here once, when the ground was covered with snow, scarred with shell craters, trenches and earthworks and woven with barbed wire, and the cold icy wind whistled in their earsThough still recent, they are already in the past, those historic days when the breakthrough occured, when the Germans stopped advancing, when the Germans were pushed back, when the Germans retreated, when the Germans ran, when we entered Berlin, when the last burst of gunfire, the last explosion and the last [...]

    10. 3.5 Stars This book begins just prior to when Hitler broke his pact with Stalin and invaded Russia. For Leningrad, Hitler decided to bombard the city with artillery fire, rather than waste military resources occupying it. They were just going to let its citizens starve to death, which many of them did. Leningrad was besieged. This book gives us an interesting perspective; life inside the besieged city. Our author, 16 year old Lena, is more concerned with catching the eye of her affections(Vova), [...]

    11. Germans use to emphasize the meaning of the Stalingrad battle, in which German soldiers empocketed and which was a sign for the final defeat. But especially in Germany, the tragedy of another city battle, another siege is often overlooked, and even ignored. According to Nazi plans, Leningrad, the second biggest Russian city and important cultural and historical site, was to be destroyed during the "Barbarossa" campaign. However, when the Germans could not advance as quickly as they originally wi [...]

    12. I always wanted to read The Diary of Anne Frank but my curiosity was put to rest after I watched a dramatized version of the book on TV. In all fairness, I still want to read the book whenever I get a chance to comprehend the aspects that are left for self-interpretation of the reader, which is not the case when you watch it as a movie. But in the meantime, I stumbled upon a similar book called ‘The Diary of Lena Mukhina’ at the local library. Similar to Anne Frank’s diary, ‘The Diary of [...]

    13. The diary of a sixteen-year-old girl who survived the Siege of Leningrad. The book begins a month or so before the German invasion and all Mukhina can think of is a boy in her class and why he pays her no attention. Once the war begins, in between accounts of school exams and studies, and which of her girlfriends is really a friend, she is happy to repeat propaganda that the Soviets will triumph. It is after Leningrad is encircled and there is constant bombing and food begins to run out that she [...]

    14. We can read about the atrocities that occurred during World War II and about the hard times that were endured but reading it in a teenagers diary makes you realise just how bad things were. This poor girl lost her birth mother, her aunt/mother and family friend within months of each other and at the age of 17 had to now fend for herself in a city under heavy German attention, extensive food shortages and bitter cold. I am so happy that Lena managed to escape Leningrad and live a long life after [...]

    15. Jesus. You can see the transition from 16-year-old girl to responsible, independent adult and it's terrifying considering the diary covers just about a year of Lena's life. She was and even further grew to be a remarkable human being with an outstanding spirit and I can't even begin to imagine the horrors that fate let her endure.

    16. Well I sort of finished it. I skipped thru the second half. She seemed like an unpleasant person and I just couldn't be bothered.

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