Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for safety on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad?
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Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for the safety of evacuees on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad?
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The English Wikipedia article on Kantorovich
After 1939, he became the professor of Military engineering-technical university. During the Siege of Leningrad, Kantorovich was the professor of VITU of Navy and in charge of safety on the Road of Life. He calculated the optimal distance between cars on ice, depending on thickness of ice and temperature of the air. In December 1941 and January 1942, Kantorovich personally walked between cars driving on the ice of Lake Ladoga, on the Road of Life, to ensure the cars did not sink. However, many cars with food for survivors of the siege were destroyed by the German air-bombings.
For his feat and courage Kantorovich was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, and was decorated with the medal For Defense of Leningrad.
Unfortunately, there's no reference provided, and after reading through his Nobel Prize autobiography and searching through English language Google Books, I can't seem to find any evidence that this actually occurred.
I am guessing that there are a variety of sources in Russian that might be able to help me, and I'm hoping somebody more knowledgable about modern-era Russian history might be able to track down a useful reference, perhaps by finding an archive of medal recipients from the war?