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Table Of Contents

En Route to Moscow, 2000
Home Life on the Steppe
My Grandfather’s Diaries
Tey Need to Flee
News from Russia
Sophie’s Family in America 1913 to 1983
Casper’s Choice
Joy and Heartache
Staying in Touch with the Relatives
Casper’s Parting Toughts
Lives Lived Well
Te Good-Bye Letter
Letters to and from Cousin Emilie
Traces of a Life: Emilie’s Early Years
Emilie Wiegel März in Kazakhstan
Meeting Our “New” Cousins
Te Day Before, a World Away
A Rainy Day in Dachau
So Many Reminders!
David and Lilli Visit America
What Do I Say? What Should Tey Do?
Letters to and from Russia
Preparing for our Trip to Russia
Our Adventure Begins in Germany
Aunt Amelia: Another Survivor
Heinsberg to Kaliningrad
Te First Time Tey Saw Americans
Kaliningrad, Russia
Aunt Emma’s Family
Opening the Suitcases
Te Train Ride to Moscow
Exploring Saratov
Tey Are Not the Same!
Learning the System
You Call Tis a Cruise?
More Bribes at the Saratov Airport
An Interesting Birthday Party
Te Second Shipment to Russia
Überaschung! (Surprise!)
Unser Vater (Our Father): Johannes Marz
Te Legacy of Lilli’s Father
Searching for Food and a New Mother
A Wise Man Passes
Relocating to Germany
Lilli’s Story: Roadblocks to Leaving Russia
Forever and Always
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Danger on the Train

Danger on the Train

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This is a true story of two siblings, Sophie and David, who are separated by the Bolshevik Revolution and World War I. Sophie and her family immigrated to America in 1913, but David stayed in Russia, and was drafted into the tsar’s army. Their families stayed in touch until the mid 30s, when one could be arrested for receiving mail or packages from America or Germany. Then silence. For a long time, the relatives in America thought their cousins were dead. The silence was broken sixty years later, when Donna and Lilli, granddaughters of Sophie and David, providentially met in Germany.

Born only one day apart, the two cousins have each exchanged information about what happened during those years of separation and silence. They write, visit back and forth, and even took a frightening trip to Russia, where Donna began to understand what the family had to endure under Communism.

In these pages, you will meet Russian rulers from Catherine the Great to Mikhail Gorbachev, and see how their decisions impacted our cousins who still lived in Russia. The Iron Curtain lifts for us to get a glimpse of what life was like in Russia after Sophie immigrated before WWI and the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Donna and Lilli have joined together to tell the many dramatic stories in the family’s fight for survival.
This is a true story of two siblings, Sophie and David, who are separated by the Bolshevik Revolution and World War I. Sophie and her family immigrated to America in 1913, but David stayed in Russia, and was drafted into the tsar’s army. Their families stayed in touch until the mid 30s, when one could be arrested for receiving mail or packages from America or Germany. Then silence. For a long time, the relatives in America thought their cousins were dead. The silence was broken sixty years later, when Donna and Lilli, granddaughters of Sophie and David, providentially met in Germany.

Born only one day apart, the two cousins have each exchanged information about what happened during those years of separation and silence. They write, visit back and forth, and even took a frightening trip to Russia, where Donna began to understand what the family had to endure under Communism.

In these pages, you will meet Russian rulers from Catherine the Great to Mikhail Gorbachev, and see how their decisions impacted our cousins who still lived in Russia. The Iron Curtain lifts for us to get a glimpse of what life was like in Russia after Sophie immigrated before WWI and the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Donna and Lilli have joined together to tell the many dramatic stories in the family’s fight for survival.

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