Red Quarter Moon: A Search for Family in the Shadow of Stalin

Red Quarter Moon: A Search for Family in the Shadow of Stalin

by Anne Konrad
     
 

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Anne Konrad's Red Quarter Moon is the gripping account of her search for family members lost and disappeared within the Soviet Union. Konrad's ancestors, Mennonites, had settled the Ukrainian steppes in the late 1790s. An ethno-religious minority, they became special objects of Soviet persecution. Though her parents fled in 1929, many relatives remained in

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Anne Konrad's Red Quarter Moon is the gripping account of her search for family members lost and disappeared within the Soviet Union. Konrad's ancestors, Mennonites, had settled the Ukrainian steppes in the late 1790s. An ethno-religious minority, they became special objects of Soviet persecution. Though her parents fled in 1929, many relatives remained in the USSR.

Konrad's search for these missing extended family members took place over twenty years and five continents - on muddy roads, lonesome steppes, and in old letters, documents, or secret police archives. Her story emerges as both haunting and inspiring, filled with dramatically different accounts from survivors now scattered across the world. She aligns the voices of her subjects chronologically against the backdrop of Soviet policy, intertwining the historical context of the Terror Years with her own personal quest. Red Quarter Moon is an enthralling journey into the past that offers a unique look at the lives of ordinary families and individuals in the USSR.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Mennonite November 26, 2012 - Dick Benner
‘This personal narrative of one of the darkest hours for Russian Mennonites is one of the most compelling I have read… The stories, always riveting in their emotion and energy, are told in historical context so that you always know the backdrop of what was driving the governing officials, the guards and the many henchmen who carried out their ruthless rules.’
Mennonite Quarterly Review - Harry Loewen

‘In this historical narrative, Anne Konrad has written a fascinating book about her search for her Russian-Mennonite relatives who were lost after the ”Shadow of Stalin” had covered their homeland.’

Journal of Mennonite Studies; vol 31:2013 - Sean Patterson
‘Konrad has crafted a gripping piece of scholarship that immerses the reader in both stories of her family and her own process of discovery.’
From the Publisher
‘Konrad has crafted a gripping piece of scholarship that immerses the reader in both stories of her family and her own process of discovery.’

‘In this historical narrative, Anne Konrad has written a fascinating book about her search for her Russian-Mennonite relatives who were lost after the ”Shadow of Stalin” had covered their homeland.’

‘This personal narrative of one of the darkest hours for Russian Mennonites is one of the most compelling I have read… The stories, always riveting in their emotion and energy, are told in historical context so that you always know the backdrop of what was driving the governing officials, the guards and the many henchmen who carried out their ruthless rules.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442694170
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Konrad is a writer living in Toronto.

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