By Karl Tobien
The surprising and inspirational saga of Margaret Werner and her surprising survival within the Siberian loss of life camps of Stalinist Russia.
Between 1930 and 1932, Henry Ford despatched 450 of his Detroit staff plus their households to stay in Gorky, Russia, to function a brand new manufacturing unit. this is often the genuine tale of 1 of these families–Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their younger daughter Margaret–and their terrifying lifestyles in Russia lower than brutal dictator Joseph Stalin.
Margaret used to be seventeen whilst her father was once arrested on trumped-up fees of treason. Heartbroken and afraid, she and her mom have been left to resist the hardships of lifestyles less than the oppressive Soviet nation, an life marked through poverty, hunger, and worry. Refusing to conform with the Socialist time table, Margaret used to be finally sentenced to 10 years of difficult exertions in Stalin’s Gulag.
Filth, malnutrition, and melancholy observed cruel actual exertions. but in the middle of inhumane stipulations got here glimpses of desire and love as Margaret got here to achieve her dependence upon “the grace, want, and safety of an unseen God.”
In all, it'd be thirty lengthy years sooner than Margaret lower back to kiss the floor of domestic. Of the entire americans who made this nearly unknown journey–ultimately spending years in Siberian demise camps–Margaret Werner was once the one girl who lived to inform approximately it.
Written through her son, Karl Tobien, Dancing less than the crimson celebrity is Margaret’s unforgettable actual tale: an inspiring chronicle of religion, defiance, and private triumph.
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