Homeless Kitten on the ashes of the city of Zhizdra. Kaluga region.
Original photo title: “On the roads of war. On the ashes … ».
Zhizdra is a small ancient town on the bank of the river of the same name in the south of the Kaluga region, the first mention of Zhizdra dates back to 1146. Since October 5, 1941, the city fell into the German occupation. From February to August 1943, on the outskirts of the city, fierce battles again took place. Before the retreat, the invaders systematically destroyed the city for two weeks, burning it quarterly. Stone churches and houses exploded. As a result, the city was completely destroyed. Wells have also been poisoned, roads, sidewalks and vegetable gardens have been mined. The able-bodied city youth was forcibly sent to Germany.
Location: Zhizdra, USSR
Date: 16 August 1943
Author: Mikhail Savin