The day the Leningrad Blockade started – level 1


Leningrad is a big city in Russia. It is September 8, 1941. The Germans close all roads to the city.

Life in the closed city is horrible. Many people are very hungry. In winter, the temperatures go down to minus 30.

The Russians bring some food to the city over a lake which is nearby. The Russians bring food by ships in summer. They bring food by cars in winter when strong ice is on the lake.

This city is closed for 872 days. More than one million people die.

Difficult words: horrible (very bad), lake (a place with a lot of water).

What strategies did the people of Leningrad use to survive during the Siege?


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