Before the war, this building served as the seat of the OGPOe (secret police) and later the NKVD.The "Big House" remained undamaged throughout the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944). The top floor was used to detain captured German officers. German pilots knew this and therefore dit not attack the building.

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Source

  • Text: Auke de Vlieger & Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Auke de Vlieger