Mary M. Leder
Adult Nonfiction DK268.L4 A3 2001
Summary: "A sometimes astonishing, worm's-eye view of life under totalitarianism,and a valuable contribution to Soviet and Jewish studies." --KirkusReviews In 1931, Mary M. Leder, an American teenager, was attending high school inSanta Monica, California. By year's end, she was living in a Moscow commune and working in afactory, thousands of miles from her family, with whom she had emigrated to Birobidzhan, the areadesignated by the USSR as a Jewish socialist homeland. Although her parents soon returned toAmerica, Mary was not permitted to leave and would spend the next 34 years in the Soviet Union.Readers will be drawn into this personal account of the life of an independent-minded youngwoman, coming of age in a society that she believed was on the verge of achieving justice for allbut which ultimately led her to disappointment and disillusionment. Leder's absorbing memoirpresents a microcosm of Soviet history and an extraordinary window into everyday life and culture inthe Stalin era.
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