Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag  -     By: Karl Tobien
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Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag

WaterBrook Press / 2006 / Paperback

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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1400070783
ISBN-13: 9781400070787
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Publisher's Description

Written by her son, this inspiring chronicle of faith, defiance, and personal triumph tells the unforgettable true story of Margaret Werner, the only American woman to survive Stalin's Gulag.

Author Bio

Karl Tobien was born in 1956 just outside a Soviet slave labor camp in Siberia. He arrived in America in 1961 with his mother, Margaret Werner, and grandmother. Today Karl is an executive consultant and inspirational speaker. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Tina, and their four children.

Editorial Reviews

“Very few stories rise to the level of stirring the deepest parts of my soul. But this is one. Some would call this a tragedy. That is not my sentiment. This amazing chronicle represents the power of the human soul and illustrates the unique potential in each of us. Margaret Werner’s suffering has become a light encouraging us all that there are greater possibilities within each one of us.”
–Don Milam, author of The Ancient Language of Eden

“This is the heart-stirring story of a young woman who lost everything and endured unspeakable horrors, yet lived to tell about it. Margaret’s voice speaks for those who did not survive and tells how they were abandoned by American business interests. Her hope, courage, and faith will inspire you to triumph over hardship and injustice.”
–Melody Green, international speaker and author of No Compromise

“Every once in a while a book grips one’s heart because it seems more than humans are capable of imagining. This true story is remarkably compelling. Part heartrending biography, part epic documentary, Dancing Under the Red Star reads more like a spy novel and adventure film blended into an action movie script. Margaret Werner’s life offers a valuable peek behind a part of the Iron Curtain that many Americans have never seen before. Read it, weep, and thank God you live in America today!”
–Tommy Barnett, pastor of Phoenix First Assembly and author of Hidden Power

“I loved this book! Dancing Under the Red Star grips your heart and forever changes your perspective of humanity, God, and the world. This book is destined to be a classic that will inspire generations to come to believe in one’s dreams and have faith in the preserving power of God. A must-read for the progressive mind.”
–Dr. Myles Munroe, founder and president, Bahamas Faith Ministries International, author of Rediscovering the Kingdom

“A must-read! A book that engulfs the reader and forces one to live through the terror that Margaret felt.”
–Ron Weinbender, presidential envoy, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International

“Karl Tobien shares with us a powerfully griping narrative of God’s grace, power and direction.  Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, because you won’t be able to put this book down.  It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime reading experience!”
–Pat Williams, senior vice president, Orlando Magic, and author of American Scandal

“I am forever changed by the hope Margaret Werner displayed. Her story is truly inspiring for people in all walks of life; I am forever in love with this woman and her life!”
–Donna Johnson, film producer

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 10, 2006
    Pam Lewis
    Dancing Under the Red Star is a most riveting tale of one woman's hellacious journey through the Gulags of Stalin's oppressive reign. Margaret Werner was indeed an incredible woman. This book chronicles her life, from beginnings as a vivacious and gifted child, growing into a strong, tenacious woman through the gut-wrenching horrors she experienced. Through no choice of their own, Margaret and her mother were forced to personally live through the atrocities which took place in Stalinist Russia. They had come to Russia in the early 1930's, with a little-known band of over 400 Americans to start an automobile factory in Gorky, Russia, modeled after Ford's Detroit plant. I personally was not acquainted at all with this piece of history, and I doubt many are. Dancing Under the Red Star has both the feel of a novel and the authenticity of a historical documentary. Written by Karl Tobien, Margaret Werner's son, it has all the poignancy of a memoir, while bringing to light the horrible truth that Ford and the U.S. government literally abandoned hundreds of American citizens to the "mercy" of the Russian regime. Despite all odds, Margaret Werner demonstrated the strength and creativity of the human spirit in the midst of unthinkable adversity. This promises to be a best seller! You won't want to miss the gripping, narrative of this little-known piece of history.
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