In 1932, Henry Ford sent 450 of his Detroit employees and their families to live in Gorky, Russia, to operate a new manufacturing facility. This is the true story of one of those families-Carl and Elisabeth Werner and their young daughter Margaret-and their terrifying life in Russia under the dictator Joseph Stalin. Margaret was 17 when her father was arrested on trumped-up charges of treason. Heartbroken and afraid, she and her mother were left to withstand the hardships of life under the opressive Soviet state, an existence marked by poverty, starvation and fear. Refusing to comply with the Socialist agenda, Margaret was ultimately sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Stalin's Gulag.Filth, malnutrition and despair accompanied merciless physical labor. Yet in the midst of inhumane conditions came glimpses of hope and love as Margaret came to realize her dependence upon "the grace, favor and protectionof God." In all, it would be 30 years before Margaret was able to return home to American. Of all the Americans who made this virtually unknown journey, ultimately spending years in Siberian death camps, Margaret Werner was the only woman who lived to tell about it.
Average Customer Rating:
(1 Review) 1
Rating Snapshot(1 review)
Customer Reviews for Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag
Review 1 for Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag
Date:May 10, 2006
Dancing Under the Red Star is a most riveting tale of one woman's hellacious journey through the Gulags of Stalin's oppressive reign. Margaret Werner was indeed an incredible woman. This book chronicles her life, from beginnings as a vivacious and gifted child, growing into a strong, tenacious woman through the gut-wrenching horrors she experienced. Through no choice of their own, Margaret and her mother were forced to personally live through the atrocities which took place in Stalinist Russia. They had come to Russia in the early 1930's, with a little-known band of over 400 Americans to start an automobile factory in Gorky, Russia, modeled after Ford's Detroit plant. I personally was not acquainted at all with this piece of history, and I doubt many are. Dancing Under the Red Star has both the feel of a novel and the authenticity of a historical documentary. Written by Karl Tobien, Margaret Werner's son, it has all the poignancy of a memoir, while bringing to light the horrible truth that Ford and the U.S. government literally abandoned hundreds of American citizens to the "mercy" of the Russian regime. Despite all odds, Margaret Werner demonstrated the strength and creativity of the human spirit in the midst of unthinkable adversity. This promises to be a best seller! You won't want to miss the gripping, narrative of this little-known piece of history.