Lena Mukhina

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Lena Mukhina also Lena Muchina (Russian: Елена Владимировна Мухина, Yelena Vladimirovna Mukhina; 21 November 1924 in Ufa – 5 August 1991 in Moscow) was a Russian woman, who wrote her experiences as teenage schoolgirl during the Siege of Leningrad in her diary, pouring out her hopes and fears.

On 25 May 1942 the diary ended, probably as she was evacuated. She lived in Moscow until her death in 1991.

An unknown donor handed the diary to a state archive in 1962; it was discovered there by Sergei Yarov. It has been published in Russia (Сохрани мою печальную историю), Spain (El diario de Lena),[1] Germany (Lenas Tagebuch),[2] Poland (Dziennik czasu blokady).[3] and Finland (Piirityspäiväkirja)[4]

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  1. ^ Jacinto Antón in Spanish newspaper El País, “El gato dio para comer diez días”, on 30 September 2013
  2. ^ Anja Hirsch, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 31 Mai 2013, Wie unbemerkt so ein Schreckenstag vergeht, retrieved on 1 October 2013
  3. ^ Katarzyna Grabarczyk in Histmag.org on 2014-03-16, Lena Muchina – „Dziennik czasu blokady”, retrieved on 29 April 2015
  4. ^ Pentti Stranius in Savon Sanomat 5. March 2014: Lena Muhina: Piirityspäiväkirja 2014

Dr John Barber, King's College, Cambridge University was the first British historian to draw public attention to the manuscript diary of Lena Mukhina and other primary records about the Siege of Leningrad. A brief extract from Lena Mukhina's diary was subsequently translated into English and aired by BBC Radio 4 on 13 February 1997: DOCUMENT - Six new investigations where the starting-point is a piece of intriguing documentary evidence - No. 2: They Kept Diaries. Julian Putkowski examines a collection of diaries, uncovered by historian Dr John Barber, that shed light on how the people of Leningrad resisted the Wehrmacht's attempts to starve them out. Producer Matt Thompson. http://www.radiolistings.co.uk/; Genome: [r4 Bd=19970213]

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