During the siege of Leningrad, which lasted 872 days, 1.2 million civilians died. The survivors lived a ghost city in which buildings were destroyed, food was scarce and disease was rampant. One source of joy was music. Leningrad, known for its symphony, was desperate for music. The symphony continued to perform from 1941 to 1944, despite the siege. Symphony Seven, which later became famous, was a product of the Leningrad Siege. The photo below shows a man recovering a cello in almost pristine condition from the rubble of a bombed out building.
Note: For more information, read Leningrad: Siege and Symphony (Brian Moynahan).