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Dancing under the red star : the extraordinary story of Margaret Werner, the only American woman to survive Stalin's gulag

Author: Karl Tobien
Publisher: Colorado Springs : Waterbrook Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Between 1930 and 1932, Henry Ford sent over one hundred of his Detroit employees and their families to live in Gorky, Russia, to operate a new manufacturing facility. This is the true story of one of those families--Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their young daughter Margaret--and their terrifying life in Russia under brutal dictator Joseph Stalin. Margaret was seventeen when her father was arrested on trumped-up
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Margaret Werner; Margaret Werner
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Tobien
ISBN: 1400070783 9781400070787 9780739470190 0739470191
OCLC Number: 62679834
Description: xiv, 368, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: The Gulag xiii --
1 The Pain of Seventeen 9 --
2 Papa Decided 26 --
3 Desperate Eyes 44 --
4 Gorky Beginnings 54 --
5 Consequences 77 --
6 Life Without Papa 90 --
7 War: Enemies and Allies 100 --
8 Potatoes and Prayers 115 --
9 Nikolai's Dance 129 --
10 Arrested 141 --
11 Betrayed 157 --
12 Prisoner 163 --
13 Sentenced 177 --
14 Burepolom 188 --
15 The Far North 206 --
16 The Cultural Brigade 221 --
17 Actresses 236 --
18 Siberia: Despair and Hope 243 --
19 Good-Bye Joe 256 --
20 Not Quite Freedom 266 --
21 Released 278 --
22 Appeal to Nikita 292 --
23 The Escape 305 --
24 Gunter 313 --
25 Coming Home 323 --
Appendix B Historical Notes 344 --
Appendix C Challenge to the Reader 351.
Responsibility: Karl Tobien.
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Between 1930 and 1932, Henry Ford sent over one hundred of his Detroit employees and their families to live in Gorky, Russia, to operate a new manufacturing facility. This is the true story of one of those families--Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their young daughter Margaret--and their terrifying life in Russia under brutal dictator Joseph Stalin. Margaret was seventeen when her father was arrested on trumped-up charges of treason. Heartbroken and afraid, she and her mother were left to withstand the hardships of life under the oppressive Soviet state, an existence marked by poverty, starvation, and fear. Refusing to comply with the Socialist agenda, Margaret was ultimately sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Stalin's Gulag.

Filth, malnutrition, and despair accompanied merciless physical labor. Yet in the midst of inhumane conditions came glimpses of hope and love as Margaret came to realize her dependence upon t̥he grace, favor, and protection of an unseen God. In all, it would be thirty long years before Margaret returned to kiss the ground of home. Of all the Americans who made this virtually unknown journey--ultimately spending years in Siberian death camps--Margaret Werner was the only woman who lived to tell about it. The shocking and inspirational saga of Margaret Werner and her miraculous survival in the Siberian death camps of Stalinist Russia. Written by her son, Karl Tobien, Dancing Under the Red Star is Margaret's unforgettable true story: an inspiring chronicle of faith, defiance, and personal triumph.

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