THE GREAT HOPE by Marguerita Rudolph


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The author writes of her five lives- in Tzarist Russia, Revolutionary Russia, Russia of the Civil War, Soviet Russia- and America, in a sympathetic, warming picture of close knit family life throughout these years... Fanya, young, independent, symbol of the new day; of the brothers, Zelik and Mulik, the twins, and Vinya (the author), observant rather than active. Then there are the understanding parents, later killed by bandits during the Civil War...There are the hardships of schooling under the old regime, the privations of underprivileged Jews of the Ukraine, and the coming of new ways with the emergence of the Soviet, the workers' schools, children's homes, medicine and health advances in spite of hunger and poverty. With the chance to go to America, the family breaks up, but their letters back and forth show the bonds of love and understanding between American and Russian branches. To emphasize the human interest bonds, universal bases of possible Russian-American friendship, this concentrates on the family life under changing governments...Propaganda somewhat Soviet-wise.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1947
Publisher: John Day