The Madonnas of Leningrad Setting & Symbolism

Debra Dean
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The Soviet Union

In the mid to late twentieth century, what is now Russia and several smaller countries ( Ukraine, Chechnya, etc.) was united into an entity called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the Soviet Union for short. Formed in the aftermath of the communist revolution in the early 1900s, it was ruled by the dictator Josef Stalin who, at one point, had a military and political agreement with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis which Hitler broke, leading to his attack on Leningrad.

Leningrad

Leningrad, once and now known by the name of St. Petersburg, was and is one of the largest cities in the former Soviet Union. It was renamed after the communist revolution for one of the leaders of that revolution, Vladimir Lenin.

The Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad was an actual historical event in which the invading Nazi army surrounded and barricaded...

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