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A Riveting Book!
Although it is a true story, the book reads like a harrowing adventure novel about a Polish adolescent's escape, along with his mother and father, from Stalinist Russia during WWII. The young man and his family face unimaginable hardship, suspense, and uncertainty due to the complete disruption of their lives from 1938 to 1945. The reader develops a strong bond with the principal characters; their ordeal becomes even more appalling as it is realized that a similar fate befell hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Europe during this time period. One can't help but admire the resilience and fortitude which enabled these people to survive, and eventually prosper. Throughout this riveting account, Dr. Waydenfeld provides wonderful and instructive insight into the terribly broken and corrupt state of Stalinist Russia, as well as Russia's wavering political role in Europe during the early years of the war. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will delight in reading this work of non-fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.