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In May 1941 Lena Mukhina was an ordinary teenage girl, living in Leningrad, worrying about her homework and whether Vova—the boy she liked—liked her. Like a good Soviet schoolgirl, she was also diligently learning German, the language of Russia's ****** ally. And she was keeping a diary, in which she recorded her hopes and dreams. Then, on June 22, 1941, ****** broke his pact with Stalin and declared war on the Soviet Union. All too soon, Leningrad was besieged and life became a living hell. Lena and her family fought to stay alive; their city was starving and its citizens were dying in their hundreds of thousands. From day to dreadful day, Lena records her experiences: the desperate hunt for food, the bitter cold of the Russian winter and the cruel deaths of those she loved. A truly remarkable account of this most terrible era in modern history, this is the vivid first-hand testimony of a courageous young woman struggling simply to survive.