Leningrad’s Southern Outpost
On 13 September the defenders of the town were obliged to withdraw. But resistance to the enemy continued. Partisans were active in the neighbourhood of Gatchina; in the occupied town itself underground resistance workers distributed leaflets, carried out reconnaissance of the disposition of enemy forces, including those at the aerodrome, and helped Soviet escapees from German prisoner-of-war camps. In the spring and summer of 1942 underground organisations, with the help of German anti-Fascists, carried out a number of successful operations: a general of the SS was killed, an artillery barracks set on fire, a fuel tank at the aerodrome blown up…
On 30 June 1942, in the Silvia Park, 25 Komsomol resistance workers were shot by the Germans: Nadezhda Fedorova, Alexandra Drynkina, Yevdokia Potapova, Yekaterina Shilova, Valentina Dmitrieva, Igor Ivanov, Ivan Maximkov, Alexei Nikolaev, Alexei Orlov, Boris Sokolov, Mikhail Lebedev, Mikhail Matveev, Yuri Chernikov, Mikhail Zavaleikov, Alexei Kuprianov, Anatoly Barinov, Ivan Klochev, Sergei Stepanov, Yevgeny Krushelnitsky, Boris Marvinsky, Grigory Gorbachev, Nikolai Alexandrov, Vasily Raevsky, Konstantin Lovinetsky, Alexandr Gololobov. In the Silvia Park, at the very wall where they were shot, a memorial has been erected. The inscription on it reads: “In memory of the 25 Komsomol resistance workers who perished heroically on 25 June 1942.” Here, to the young heroes’ grave, soldiers and schoolchildren come to pay their respects to these faithful sons and daughters of the fatherland.
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