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From Bolshevik Russia to America: A Mennonite Family Story Henry D. Remple

From Bolshevik Russia to America: A Mennonite Family Story

Henry D. Remple

Published December 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780536091741
Hardcover
334 pages
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In 1922, six families from a tiny village in the Ukraine began a harrowing journey to America that would pit them against disease, starvation, and physical exhaustion. Ahead of them loomed an arduous route over thousands of miles of land and sea-MoreIn 1922, six families from a tiny village in the Ukraine began a harrowing journey to America that would pit them against disease, starvation, and physical exhaustion. Ahead of them loomed an arduous route over thousands of miles of land and sea- behind them lay the ravages of World War I, the terrors of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, and the misery of drought and famine.Among the émigrés was Henry D. Remple, who was just thirteen years old when his parents made the decision to leave their village with their nine sons and daughters. Of his eleven family members who left their village, only Henry and two sisters survived the voyage and reached their new home in America. Much of their journey to freedom is recorded in Henrys diary, faithfully kept from 1922-1928. Captured among Henrys diary entries and the reflections of he and his sisters are the experiences of their family and neighbors, all descendants of German-speaking Mennonites who had settled in the Ukraine years earlier.Nearly eighty-five years after it was written, the diary is a testament to the will to survive and the strength of the human spirit.