On September 8, 2021, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg held an outdoor ceremony commemorating the victims of the Siege of Leningrad by the German Nazi troops which began on September 8, 1941. Its death toll among civilians is ca. 1 million people who died mostly from starvation. Standing near the building which served as a Vitamin Pharmacy during the war, church member Tatiana Ryumina read out loud the names, occupation, date of birth and death, and place of burial (if known) of 22 members of St. Michael’s Church who died during the siege. By the time of the siege, St. Michael’s Church had been closed down by the Soviet authorities for six years, but many of its members continued to reside in Leningrad/St. Petersburg. The 22 names are now listed on a sidewalk sign by St. Michael’s Church on Vasilyevski Island.
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