January 23rd & 25th: 80th Anniversary of the Victory at Leningrad

January 27th, 2024 marks 80 years since the infamous Siege of Leningrad came to an end with a Soviet victory that foreshadowed the ultimate Nazi defeat. As we have done before with the 80th Anniversaries of famous parts of the Great Patriotic War such as the Victory at Stalingrad, Battle of Kursk and Liberation of Ukraine, we will hold a class to study this siege and honor those who fought to hold off the fascists from Leningrad for nearly 900 days. Over 1.5 million people lost their lives during this siege. We will be using the “Siege of Leningrad” film from the Soviet Film Archive project of US Friends of the Soviet People for parts of the class, which you can find here. This class will be Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST and Thursday, January 25th at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST. You can check the syllabus to see the upcoming classes following this week.

If you’re interested in previous 80th Anniversary classes, please check out these classes on YouTube:

80th Anniversary of the Victory at Stalingrad

80th Anniversary of the Battle of Kursk

and keep an eye out for our class on the 80th Anniversary of the Liberation of Ukraine to be posted on YouTube.

NOTE: Beginning in February, classes will only be once a week on Tuesday at 8 pm EST. PCUSA members will have several options available to make-up this class if they miss it. This change is due to an observed overlap in attendance on both days, and allows us to have crucial meetings on Thursday that would otherwise be Thursday’s PSMLS.

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(Credit for image used in class graphic goes to Dennis Jarvis)