By Karl Tobien
The surprising and inspirational saga of Margaret Werner and her fantastic survival within the Siberian dying camps of Stalinist Russia.
Between 1930 and 1932, Henry Ford despatched 450 of his Detroit staff plus their households to reside in Gorky, Russia, to function a brand new factory. this can be the genuine tale of 1 of these families–Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their younger daughter Margaret–and their terrifying existence 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 existence less than the oppressive Soviet country, an life marked through poverty, hunger, and worry. Refusing to conform with the Socialist time table, Margaret was once eventually sentenced to 10 years of difficult hard work in Stalin’s Gulag.
Filth, malnutrition, and depression followed cruel actual exertions. but in the course of inhumane stipulations got here glimpses of wish and love as Margaret got here to achieve her dependence upon “the grace, prefer, and safeguard of an unseen God.”
In all, it might be thirty lengthy years sooner than Margaret back to kiss the floor of domestic. Of all of the american citizens who made this almost unknown journey–ultimately spending years in Siberian demise camps–Margaret Werner was once the one girl who lived to inform approximately it.
Written via her son, Karl Tobien, Dancing below the crimson megastar is Margaret’s unforgettable precise tale: an inspiring chronicle of religion, defiance, and private triumph.
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So I learn the publication. and that i was once shocked. Victor special his lifestyles in Russia. perhaps i used to be naive, yet i may not often think that such terrible atrocities and human cruelty truly existed. a few days later, whilst my mom and that i spoke back, she requested if I had spotted Victor’s remark, towards the tip, the place he wrote, “[I am] the one survivor of all these women and men and youngsters who had long past from Detroit to Gorky and led to Siberian camps all these a long time in the past. i'm the only, the single one, who acquired again, who lived via all of it. ” I did, in truth, keep in mind interpreting that. “Karl,” my mom acknowledged, “there is far I haven’t instructed you approximately my existence. possibly now will be a great time to speak, whereas we nonetheless have the time. ” I nodded, smiled. in fact, I had heard many info of her existence all through my years, yet I wasn’t completely definite what she’d say subsequent. “Well, Victor’s remark, that’s now not precisely the way it went; that’s no longer precisely what occurred. There’s a piece extra to it that not anyone knows…” a young, depression smile warmed her face as she endured. “Victor’s father, like mine—your grandfather—was hired through the Ford Motor corporation in Detroit and made the Gorky journey too. either one of our households have been within the unique 400 or so selected to head. Victor’s tale has been good documented through the years. ” She paused. I waited eagerly for every notice. “Karl, only for the checklist, for the sake of accuracy in addition to historic correctness… truly Victor Herman was once certainly one of who made it again; he was once the second to come back. i used to be the 1st. I’m convinced Victor dependent his touch upon presumption on my own. might be he simply didn’t find out about me—almost not anyone did! while I obtained again to the USA, I definitely didn’t are looking to publicize my lifestyles or my go back to the States, simply because i used to be petrified of what they may do. ” Tears welled up in her eyes. “I by no means knew needless to say if my conflict used to be really over or if my get away could ever be really ultimate. ” i used to be dumbfounded. I sat speechless, listening carefully, observing her blot the tears with the nook of her apron. She persisted. “I survived the unimaginable horror of the Siberian hard work camps and prisons and got here again to the USA, via Germany, regardless of really good odds. yet I did ultimately go back domestic, with you and Mama, stepping again onto my local American soil on November 29, 1961. I remained quiet and saved a low profile, basically for the sake of my kin, for you and Mama. Victor a few fifteen years later—in 1976. ” Now I had tears of my very own to wipe away as i attempted to fathom the unspeakable affliction and the notable braveness of my mother’s existence. “Maybe I actually have a tale to inform? ” she endured, an expression of interest and unstated give up on her face. “Maybe now could be a great time for that? issues have replaced. i'm now not afraid, and this is often your loved ones historical past, Karl. ” i may merely nod my head in sober contract. I had constantly enjoyed and revered my mom, yet that day my admiration for her took on new value. Dancing less than the pink celebrity is the old narrative and biographical account of a real American survivor.