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Germany recalls victims of Nazi siege of Leningrad

Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 | 6:23 a.m.

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have honored the victims of the Nazi army's three-year siege of Leningrad as part of this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Daniil Granin, a 95-year-old Russian survivor, recounted in a speech to the German Parliament on Monday how thousands of people died of starvation each day during harsh winters in Leningrad, now the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

The siege began in September 1941, three months after Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union.

About 1 million Russian civilians and a similar number of Russian soldiers died before the blockade was finally broken on Jan. 27, 1944.