This Was The Punishment For The Leningrad’s Cannibals After The Siege Broke

On September 8, 1941, just eleven weeks after Operation Barbarossa was launched by Hitler, the Soviet Union was brutally attacked and Leningrad was surrounded in what ended up being one of the most devastating sieges in history.

Leningrad’s siege lasted for two and a half years with enormous casualties. It led to extreme starvation, illnesses, and an estimated of one million deaths. Of course, in situations like that, people would do anything to survive, including cannibalism.

But after the siege was broken, the Soviets wanted to prosecute those who had resorted to cannibalism. However, since over two thousand people were accused, the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) divide them into two groups; ‘corpse-eating’ and ‘person-eating’; those who ate dead people and those who killed people to eat them. The former were jailed, the later were shot.

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