By Hans Werner
John Werner was once 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 neighborhood in Siberia. As a tender guy in Stalinist Russia, he turned Ivan and fought as a purple military soldier within the moment international warfare. Captured by means of Germans, he was once resettled in occupied Poland the place he turned Johann, used to be 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 grew to become John.
The developed Mennonite is a distinct account of a existence formed by way of Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and struggle. It investigates the tenuous areas the place person stories tell and turn into public heritage; it stories the ways that reminiscence shapes identification, and divulges how context and viewers form autobiographical narratives.
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