On September 8, 2022, the city of St. Petersburg, named Leningrad in the Soviet era, commemorated the Siege of Leningrad by the Nazi German army, which began on this day in 1941 and continued into 1944 during WW2. Standing in different parts of the city on this day, people read out loud in public the lists of city residents who died from starvation in the city or were killed in the warfare around it during that period. This year is the second time St. Michael’s Lutheran Church has participated in this initiative. A church member standing near the former Bremme Mansion, which housed a vitamin pharmacy during the war, read out loud the names of the parishioners who did not survive the Siege.
In photo: church member Tatiana Ryumina reads out loud a list of St. Michael’s church members who fell victim to the Siege.
Photo credit: Irana Nadjafova