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They took my father Finnish Americans in Stalin's Russia
Publication Information:
Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
xii, 190 p. : ill., ports.
General Note:
Originally published: Duluth, Minn. : Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers, 1992.
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"Mayme Sevander and Laurie Hertzel tell a poignant tale of a hidden corner of U.S. and Soviet history. Tracing the hopes and hardships of one family over two continents, They Took My Father explores the boundaries of loyalty, identity, and ideals." -Amy Goldstein, Washington Post"What makes Mayme's story so uniquely-almost unbelievably-tragic is that her family chose to move from the United States to the Soviet Union in 1934, thinking they were going to help build a 'worker's paradise.' They found, instead, a deadly nightmare." -St. Paul Pioneer Press "This gripping and timely book traces the beginnings of communism not as dry history but as a fascinating personal drama that spreads across Russia, Finland, and the mining towns of Upper Michigan and the Iron Range of Minnesota. . . . An important and largely ignored part of history comes alive in one woman's story of her tragic family, caught up in the all-consuming struggle of the twentieth century." -Frank Lynn, political reporter, New York Times Mayme Sevander (1924-2003) was born in Brule, Wisconsin, and emigrated with her family to the Soviet Union in 1934. Laurie Hertzel is a journalist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Table of Contents

Tom Morgan
Map of Soviet Kareliap. viii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
You Must Rememberp. 1
Big Red, Little Redp. 11
The Little Communistp. 25
Pioneers Againp. 35
Filled with Hopep. 43
Wanting to Belongp. 55
They Took My Fatherp. 69
The Dark Daysp. 79
Enemy of the Peoplep. 105
A Grave Injusticep. 117
Trusted to Servep. 129
Too Late for Motherp. 141
No Tears Leftp. 157
To Know the Truthp. 169
Faces from the Pastp. 177
Afterwordp. 189