By Karl Tobien
The stunning and inspirational saga of Margaret Werner and her remarkable survival within the Siberian demise 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 real tale of 1 of these families–Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their younger daughter Margaret–and their terrifying lifestyles in Russia below brutal dictator Joseph Stalin.
Margaret was once 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 existence lower 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 eventually sentenced to 10 years of demanding exertions in Stalin’s Gulag.
Filth, malnutrition, and melancholy followed cruel actual exertions. but in the course of inhumane stipulations got here glimpses of desire and love as Margaret got here to achieve her dependence upon “the grace, desire, and defense of an unseen God.”
In all, it might be thirty lengthy years ahead of Margaret lower back to kiss the floor of domestic. Of all of the americans who made this almost unknown journey–ultimately spending years in Siberian loss of life camps–Margaret Werner used to be the one girl who lived to inform approximately it.
Written via her son, Karl Tobien, Dancing less than the crimson big name is Margaret’s unforgettable real tale: an inspiring chronicle of religion, defiance, and private triumph.
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I'll inform he constantly had a mystery or knew anything exceptional. His eyes had a definite gleam approximately them. we regularly ice-skated jointly within the village. And ahead of he lower back to the USA, he gave me his skates simply because they have been larger than mine. “And because I’m going again to the States anyway,” he flashed a warm-hearted smile, “keep those skates until eventually you not desire them, after which you could go back them in the event you come back to Detroit. name me if you come again domestic, and we’ll pass skating. ” yet I bear in mind the glance on his face that day; Walter by no means relatively anticipated to determine his skates, or me, back. Many friendships in Gorky in this time shaped speedy after which ended unexpectedly. sooner or later existence used to be basic, and within the following weeks and months, humans actually disappeared. similar to Papa, many have been arrested for no obvious cause. at the same time a baby, i spotted that Gorky had too many abrupt alterations. repeatedly there will be no caution sooner than somebody, or maybe a whole relatives, easily moved below hide of evening, occasionally escorted somewhere else with out rationalization. I misplaced many associates this fashion. there have been too many folks, too many human tragedies to competently element all of them. yet i'm going to always remember. We have been in Gorky for a 12 months whilst my father was once granted a one-month holiday in 1933. We have been allowed to go to family in Austria and Czechoslovakia. And Papa might see his mom for the 1st time in twenty-one years. We have been all excited to have a holiday in our drab regimen. Joyfully we packed and left Gorky by means of teach. A cease in Moscow supplied time for us to buy a number of small presents to take to our relations. Papa selected a gorgeous filigree old vase for his brother, a well known collector of antiques. however the vase was once confiscated on the border and held till our go back as the export of antiques was once strictly forbidden. Papa silently rolled his eyes in disgust. however, the journey renewed our spirits immensely. Mama was once exuberant, Papa was once revitalized, and that i was hoping this time could final ceaselessly. We eventually arrived in Vienna, domestic to my father’s sister, Eva, his different brother, Richard, and their households. For the one time in my lifestyles, I bought to fulfill a few of my aunts, uncles, and a number of other cousins. I instantly felt at domestic, comfy and comforted. i used to be too younger to recollect every body. even though i've got no documents left, and the names have escaped me, I vividly take into accout the satisfied, loving faces. i'll play the thoughts again straight away, as though they have been scenes from a heartwarming motion picture. With a brand new pleasure in his middle, if yet for a season, my father proudly gave us a grand journey of his loved urban. We visited a truly well-known entertainment park known as The Prater, which additionally had a museum of ordinary historical past. We have been extremely joyful by way of the glorious meals and pastries, for which Vienna is understood. the complete urban used to be breathtakingly appealing, radiating majesty and attractiveness; it really is probably the most lovely towns of the area, and that i didn't wish to go away. “Papa, will we remain? ” I pleaded to no avail. So after brief weeks, we bid our expensive relations a reluctant farewell, and sending a telegram forward, we left Austria for Brno, Czechoslovakia, the place my grandmother and Uncle Friedrich lived.