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Goodbye Stalin : a true story of wars, escapes, and reinventions

Author: Sigrid von Bremen Thomas
Publisher: Dallas, Tex. : Durban House Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Goodbye Stalin - a True Story of Wars, Escapes and Reinventions is a real life Gone With the Winds. Sigrid von Bremen Thomas and her family escaped communism, usually under gunfire, not once but four times. They went from feudal glory under the Tsars through the Soviet revolution to democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, then communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West Germany and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Estonian
Personal narratives, German
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomas, Sigrid von Bremen, 1931-
Goodbye Stalin.
Dallas, Tex. : Durban House Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608456674
Named Person: Sigrid von Bremen Thomas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sigrid von Bremen Thomas
ISBN: 0977986349 9780977986347
OCLC Number: 154806392
Description: xiii, 242 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Sigrid von Bremen Thomas.

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"Goodbye Stalin - a True Story of Wars, Escapes and Reinventions is a real life Gone With the Winds. Sigrid von Bremen Thomas and her family escaped communism, usually under gunfire, not once but four times. They went from feudal glory under the Tsars through the Soviet revolution to democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, then communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West Germany and the United States. All this was packed between the years 1917 and the early 1950s. As the author says in her Forward, the von Bremen's wild ride compressed 250 years of Western European social and political history into just a third of a century. The narrative unfolds as a personal coming of age story, ending with the 24 year old von Bremen Thomas aboard a U.S. Army refugee transport steaming into New York harbor. But wrapped inside are flashbacks to her parent's and grandmother's earlier and equally tumultuous lives. Readers of Goodbye Stalin thus witness all of the greatest events of modern Europe up close and personal through Sigrid and her parents' own eyes. This is grand history on a unique and utterly intimate scale."--book jacket.

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