Frozen Tears unfolds the events that led to Germany's military invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and explores Germany's advance on Leningrad and the blockade that was established against the city. This story examines the lives of the city's inhabitants who suffered from the consequences of the siege that finally ended in 1944. By this time more than one million Leningraders had lost their lives. The lives of public figures are often used by historians to tell the events of the past. The decisions they made and the actions that were taken are discussed and analyzed. However, the experiences of commoners-men, women, and children not mentioned in textbooks-often illustrate better the events of the past. In Frozen Tears, Albert Pleysier has taken the contents of diaries, letters, essays, and interviews written or given by persons who lived in Leningrad during the siege and placed them in their historical setting. The result is a very personal history of the siege of Leningrad.
Albert Pleysier was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He earned his doctor's degree in European History from West Virginia University and is currently a Professor at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
Chapter 1 1)Prelude to the Invasion Chapter 2 2)Invasion and Response Chapter 3 3)Increasing the Interior Defense Chapter 4 4)Industry and Evacuation Chapter 5 5)Advance on Leningrad Chapter 6 6)Encirclement Chapter 7 7)Hunger and Starvation Chapter 8 8)Blockade Artist Chapter 9 9)Enemy Bombardment Chapter 10 10)The Road of Life Chapter 11 11)Assistance and Encouragement Chapter 12 12)Letters Never Sent Chapter 13 13)Evacuating People Chapter 14 14)Increasing the Food Supply Chapter 15 15)Indomitable Leningraders Chapter 16 16)Breach in the Blockade Chapter 17 17)Summer of 1943 Chapter 18 18)Leningrad's Guerrillas Chapter 19 19)The Blockade Ends