Stalingrad Visualization Project
- Understand the devastating Soviet losses during the Battle of Stalingrad.
- Imagine what life might have been like in Stalingrad during the siege.
In an attempt to split the Soviet Union and gain control of a valuable trade hub, the Nazis and their allies staged a massive attack on the city of Stalingrad. Unable initially to take the city, the Axis forces encircled it and began a siege that lasted almost five months. Trapped in the city, millions of Soviet citizens and soldiers braved the Nazi onslaught, starvation, and the harsh winter.
- Write a letter or journal from the perspective of a Soviet citizen caught inside Stalingrad during the Nazi attack on the city. The letter should include specific facts related to the battle.
- From the image sources provided, find four to five images that reflect or demonstrate the scenes described in the letter.
- Share or present your letter and images either to the class or online through a blog or wiki.
- Discuss the tremendous losses the Soviets faced in World War II. Use the World War II Casualties link in the External Web Sites section for specific numbers compared to other nations.
- Provide time for students take notes on the listed Web sites in these categories: human losses, level of destruction, civilian hardships, military hardships, defeat of the Nazis. Use the provided worksheet to help organize notes.
- Next, have students look through the Stalingrad image links and identify three or more photographs they feel best illustrate their vision of Stalingrad based upon their background reading.
- Students should now write a letter or journal entry as if they were a civilian or soldier in Stalingrad during the siege. They must include specific details learned during the research phase of the lesson and references to the images selected in the previous step.
- Combine the text and images into a single document, either through the use of online video tools, a blog, a wiki, a word processing document, or other method (See the World War I Poetry Web site for an example).
- Present finished journals and pictures to the class.