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by Sigrid von Bremen Thomas

ISBN: 0977986349
ISBN13: 978-0977986347
Language: English
Publisher: Durban House (June 28, 2007)
Pages: 300
Category: Historical
Subategory: Memoris

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Rating: 4.7
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Goodbye Stalin chronicles the von Bremen family's travel from "feudal glory under the czars through revolution in 1817 . It's the story of a strong and resilient young Sigrid von Bremen who experienced the upheaval of WW II as a refugee.

Goodbye Stalin chronicles the von Bremen family's travel from "feudal glory under the czars through revolution in 1817, then democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West German and the United States. In traveling this tumultuous road the family lived through repeated losses of its holdings, possessions and stature. It is a remarkable story, one not experienced by many and chronicled by fewer.

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Sigrid von Bremen Thomas and her family escaped communism, usually under gunfire, not once but four times. The narrative unfolds as a personal coming of age story, ending with the 24 year old von Bremen Thomas aboard a . Army refugee transport steaming into New York harbor. They went from feudal glory under the Tsars through the Soviet revolution to democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, then communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West Germany and the United States. But wrapped inside are flashbacks to her parent's and grandmother's earlier and equally tumultuous lives.

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A heart-wrenching story of one family's struggle to be free. Sigrid and her family escaped communism not once but four times.

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The planes came. My mother leaped from the driver's seat screaming. Into the ditch! A heart-wrenching story of one family's struggle to be free. Sigrid and her family escaped communism not once but four times. They went from feudal glory under the Czars through the Soviet revolution to democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, then communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West Germany and the United States.
Comments:
Morad
I would highly recomment Goodbye Stalin for anyone trying to get a better sense of Soviet repression in the Baltic nations and how innocent people were caught between the evils of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. While author Sigrid von Bremen Thomas was a Baltic German who fled Estonia with her family as a child, her experiences mirror those of many Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians. This is a must read for children and grandchildren of refugees who want to better understand their parents' experiences.

Nalmergas
Absolutely fascinating and very quietly written

Tisicai
We have read many nail-biting escape memoirs about escaping from the cold-hearted Nazis; here is a page-turner that reads like a novel about a world shattered by the pillaging and rape brought to successive countries by the Soviet Army. The memories of a young, beautiful daughter who later comes to the United States and marries Newsweek editor Rich Thomas are indelibly set down as a tribute to her father and, unwittingly, to herself. They are both people of rare courage and intelligence. This is a must read.

Swift Summer
A wonderful book by a lovely, talented, down-to-earth, very-special woman whose life was tragically cut short after it was published. Worth reading not just once, but many times.

iSlate
This is a very interesting story and well written. It makes you grateful for where you were fortunate enough to be born. The story of this family tells how it had to reinvent itself four times as it escaped communism and war. Highly recommended.

Freighton
I read a little gem over the weekend. Sometimes, when I need a getaway I look for a memoir to read. Something that takes me to another time and place and that I can read in a weekend. This past weekend the book was Goodbye Stalin, and it is written by a woman with a incredible story to tell.

Sigrid Von Bremen Thomas recounts her life as a little girl in Estonia, carefree in her summer home by the sea; as an older girl, happy in Nazi-occupied Poland, vaguely aware that her family is farming an estate confiscated by the Nazis; as a young teen, terrified while fleeing the Red Army and somehow living the life of a teenager while surviving the relentless cold and lack of food in post-war Germany; and finally as a young woman, escaping East Germany and emigrating to America.

The author's voice is always honest and matter of fact, reflecting on the events of her life and emotions as she experiences them. Her memories are complemented by the sensitive memoirs of her father, an educated man who speaks four languages and has the gift to get along with anyone. A man who "fought the demons of life with angels" and rebuilt his life, career, and gardens four times. Other characters include a crabby, aristocratic grandmother who sleeps with her head wrapped in swiss chard, a loving mother prone to migraines, and many well-loved horses and chickens.

And you may come away with a bit more knowledge of Estonia, Baltic Germans, their "resettlements," the savagery and goodness of soldiers, and the terrible conditions in post-war Germany.

Duktilar
Goodbye Stalin chronicles the von Bremen family's travel from "feudal glory under the czars through revolution in 1817, then democracy in Estonia, Nazism in Poland during World War II, communism in East Germany, and finally freedom in West German and the United States." In traveling this tumultuous road the family lived through repeated losses of its holdings, possessions and stature.

It is a remarkable story, one not experienced by many and chronicled by fewer. It is told in a straightforward, highly readable chronology of escapes and recoveries that are truly fascinating and are told in an understated, compelling voice that makes the book very much of a page turner.

The most memorable story that emerges from a reading of the book is a fascinating impression of the author's father. He seems to have had an infinite capacity for adaptability, having moved the family through real peril again and again to reestablish it as a productive and relatively peaceful unit in some other place. As a trained agronomist his ability to identify agricultural opportunities and to take advantage of them might be expected, but his ability to keep his family intact in the face of war and an inflexible and demanding mother were extraordinary.

Perhaps there really are genes for adaptability. Perhaps noblesse oblige actually worked on von Bremen pere, for he exhibited resilience and resourcefulness to an extraordinary degree. Sigrid von Bremen Thomas, his daughter and the author, seems to have inherited or acquired the same traits, for she has shown extraordinary personal strength and flexibility in her life. One of the books several virtues is that it resists drawing conclusions about these traits, leaving the reader to consider their source and relative importance.

Goodbye Stalin is fascinating reading that engenders a great deal of introspection. It also leaves the reader with tremendous respect for its protagonists.

This history-comes-alive book is a page turner. It's the story of a strong and resilient young Sigrid von Bremen who experienced the upheaval of WW II as a refugee. Vividly described, you feel like you are there as she and her once-aristocratic family board the ship in Estonia in `39, survive the war in Poland, flee from the advancing Red Army into Germany and then escape to West Germany in 1951. You are on the sidelines of one of the most historic migrations of recent times.

The journals of the author's father add historical depth as we learn of the family's life before and after the 1917 Russian Revolution as well as his experiences during the war. His tenacity to keep his family afloat -- to adapt, re-invent and persist is a story of the strength and flexibility of the human spirit. By weaving her father's notes in with her recollections, von Bremen Thomas adds an additional perspective to the family saga: the secrets they had to keep, their personal struggles and the emotions they put on hold while living under Nazi and then Soviet occupation. Provokes great discussion and will spark your curiosity for more reading of this time period.

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