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Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag - eBook
WaterBrook Press / 2010 / ePub
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In 1932, Henry Ford sent 450 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 the dictator Joseph Stalin. Margaret was 17 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 opressive 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 "the grace, favor and protectionof God." In all, it would be 30 years before Margaret was able to return home to American. 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.
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