Today’s selection for rumination is a hard-hitting non-fiction. It wasn’t a topic I knew much about but the book sucked me in…
The Forsaken: an American tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis (adult; non-fiction) This tells the untold story of thousands of Americans who emigrated to Russia during the depression. They were lured there through propaganda that promised a wonderful life. Once in Russia, they discovered it was a lie. This was soon followed by the realization they were not allowed to leave. The American embassy, State Department and President of the US turned their backs on these people, who ultimately were shot and killed or sent to the frozen work camps of the Gulag never to be seen again. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is not light reading.
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