By Hans Werner
John Werner used to be a survivor. Born within the Soviet Union simply after the Bolshevik Revolution, he used to be named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite group in Siberia. As a tender guy in Stalinist Russia, he turned Ivan and fought as a purple military soldier within the moment international struggle. Captured via Germans, he used to be resettled in occupied Poland the place he grew to become Johann, was once naturalized and drafted into Hitler’s German military the place he served until eventually captured and positioned in an American POW camp. He was once finally published after which immigrated to Canada the place he turned John.
The developed Mennonite is a special account of a existence formed by way of Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and warfare. It investigates the tenuous areas the place person studies tell and turn into public historical past; it reports the ways that reminiscence shapes id, and divulges how context and viewers form autobiographical narratives.
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