Can one woman fight an entire government state and win in the end? One woman did just that and more. Klara Abramovitch waited seven years to obtain an exit visa from the Soviet Union. At a refusenik meeting for Russians who have been refused emigration, she meets and falls in love with Grigory Kuperovitch who alters her destiny. Desperate for the authorities to let her go, she rebels and protests her plight publiclycommitting the unpardonable offense for disturbing the peace. Instead of a visa the Russian authorities sentence her to four years in Siberian exile, away from the man she loves, and where few return alive. "There was no difference between an animal led to a slaughterhouse or a penned-in exile. To her, one took life away; the other broke the human spiritthe essence for survival." Klara learns that survival is dependent on her will to adapt to the harsh Siberian winters and loneliness by corresponding with other prisoner of conscience. She devises an ingenious way to mail letters to other prisoner's camps with secret messages. Klara Abramovitch becomes the angel for prisoners of conscience. While a prisoner herself, she's still able to help other prisoners by relaying information back and forth to their loved ones in Moscow. Will Klara survive the Siberian wilderness to be reunited with Grigory back in Moscow? The answer lies in what happens next.
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About the Author
Lilian Gafni worked for the Commission on Soviet Jewry during the 70s at the height of visa denials for Soviet Jews. She corresponded with prisoners of conscience, including the main character, Ida Nudel, in this book. She served two years in the Israel Defense Forces at the age of eighteen, led a career as a Hebrew teacher, education specialist and marriage educator. Lilian Gafni is the author of Living a Blissful Marriage, a self-help book for couples, and Flower from Castile Trilogy.