Stepchildren of Mother Russia: The Story of a Jewish Family

Boris Draznin, Author Schreiber Publishing $25.95 (264p) ISBN 978-1-887563-90-1
Draznin, who teaches medicine at the University of Colorado, emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1977, as did many Jewish intellectuals and professionals, to escape anti-Semitism. In this fascinating family memoir, he reconstructs the experiences of his and his wife's families under Soviet rule. It's a dramatic, event-filled history that exemplifies many of the experiences of Soviet Jews throughout the 20th century. Draznin's paternal grandfather, Moshe, was a Communist Party aide--but that didn't save him from eventual arrest on the charge of being a spy for the West. The horrors of growing up Soviet are exemplified by Draznin's father, Nahum, who saw a schoolmate praised for turning in his father as an enemy of the state. And during WWII, Nahum was sent to a military penal colony as a deserter. For anyone whose family, like Draznin's, survived life in the U.S.S.R., or anyone interested in how Jews lived there for seven decades, this is an enlightening and moving personal history.
Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 06/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
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