I remember stumbling upon this monument a long time ago (it was set up in 2002). Then, I didn’t have mobile internet on my smartphone, I didn’t even have a smartphone, do you remember those wild times?
Anyhow, I didn’t write up the square of the monument and couldn’t follow up what it was dedicated to, but I felt instant compassion. It was moving: the sculpture on the edge, the wall with the ray of light made with paint, that solitary window…
I’ve come across this monument again in years. It’s really hidden between buildings, there used to be a square but they’ve built a new house in its place so it’s harder to spot.
But now I’ve got a smartphone. So I took a photo and read about the monument. It was sponsored by a bank and requested by The Siege of Leningrad veterans. It’s dedicated to all women who took part in the air defense from the roofs of the buildings, extinguishing firebombs. There were about 17,000 of those brave women in the city.