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Through the Red Gate
Through the Red Gate

by Moyra Rodger, Dale Drewery, Ruth Derksen Siemens
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Out To See Entertainment Inc., 2008.
Peter Bargen was seven years old when he and his family narrowly escaped the Russian Gulag and almost certain death. Relatives remaining in the USSR were not so fortunate. During Joseph Stalin’s reign, 1929 to 1953, between 45 and 60 million people, among them thousands of Mennonites, perished through enforced exile, execution, famine, and disease. In this story that crosses continents and binds together generations, the discovery of a cache of rare and long forgotten letters reveals the terrifying details of the fate of many families.

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