The Polevois were a Jewish family who lived peacefully in a small community, or shtetl, in the Russian Ukraine in the early 1900s. Suddenly and violently, the shtetl and its inhabitants were caught in a recurring nightmare that had haunted European Jews for centuries--pogrom, the brutal and unprovoked destruction of Jewish lives and property. Ukrainian Jews became helpless victims in the three-sided struggle for power among the Bolshevik Red Army, the anti-Bolshevik White Army, and the forces fighting for Ukrainian independence. Manya and her family were forced to flee for their lives. Manya's journey brought her to the U.S., where she, her husband, and their child found a safe haven and a new life. This dramatic account of Manya's ordeal is written by Bettyanne Gray, Manya's American-born daughter, in memory of her valiant mother and of the countless others who lived and died in the shtetls of revolutionary Russia.
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