Almost Three Years: Leningrad Diary by Vera Inber was published after the “Siege,” in 1946. Throughout the siege, Inber was a familiar voice over Leningrad’s radio waves, providing poetry readings that recorded acts of courage, sparked motivation and spoke to the pride of being a Soviet. Although her writing might now be labeled propagandistic, there is no reason to believe that, at the time it was written, it was anything but sincere.
To ward off the awful spider's paw
Over marble of any human sacred place,
To save the world, the planet
from this plague—
And that is what we are keeping.