Audio sphere of besieged Leningrad (based on Diaries by Olga Bergholtz and Blockade diary by Lydia Ginzburg) Cover Image

Audiosfera oblężonego Leningradu (na materiale Dzienników Olgi Berholc i Zapisków człowieka oblężonego Lidii Ginzburg)
Audio sphere of besieged Leningrad (based on Diaries by Olga Bergholtz and Blockade diary by Lydia Ginzburg)

Author(s): Ewa Komisaruk
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Recent History (1900 till today), Russian Literature, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Rusycytyczne
Keywords: Leningrad blockade; siege of Leningrad; memoires; memory studies; audiosphere; Bergholtz's diaries; Ginzburg's diaries;

Summary/Abstract: The acoustic environment of besieged Leningrad included sound phenomena typical of the acts of war: the whistle of falling bombs, the sound of missile explosions, the drone of scout planes and bombers, air-raid warning sirens. The description of the cultural context of the audio sphere experience, taking into account the perceptual, semantic and axiotic aspects of this experience is more important than the classification of individual elements of the soundscape in order to understand the situation of the people trapped in the besieged city. The formation of specific forms of individual and collective behaviour in response to sound stimuli was due to the intensity of extreme experiences and the long-term extraordinary situation in which the inhabitants of Leningrad were found. In the early stages of the Leningrad siege they rationalized the sounds of war, and then they ignored them, becoming indifferent towards the threat. The besieged city experienced by the sense of hearing in the literary witness of Olga Bergholtz and Lydia Ginzburg becomes a concrete reality, revealing the tragedy of people struggling for survival.

  • Issue Year: 4/2014
  • Issue No: 148
  • Page Range: 27-38
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish