"The hullabaloo of the evacuation died away and our life on the
roofs began. The air-raid alerts became longer and longer and in the
first period of the siege we literally did not come down off the roofs.
During air-raids and shelling the fate of the Hermitage halls depended
to a large extent on the attics. A female storekeeper and a museum guide,
an archaeologist and a roofer kept watch on the roofs."
specialist in methods of public education