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This is the miraculous story of survival and courage in the death camps of Stalin's Gulag after World War II. But more than that, it is the story of how one woman turned her sorrow into an opportunity for growth, ministry, and a stronger commitment to Jesus Christ. This book will remind readers of the works of Corrie ten Boom, Anita Dittman, and Diet Eman and offers encouragement and hope to anyone who has ever wondered, "How would I react if my faith were really put to the test?" Unabridged, read by the author.
"Only one who has felt the nearness of death can truly be grateful for each new day, no matter how much suffering it might bring." Thus speaks Maria Linke, survivor of nine years imprisonment in the death camps and prisons of Stalin's Russia following World War II.
There have been many "God is faithful amid the horrors of war" stories, and although East Wind fits this description, it is far more than just another war story. The unusual aspects of Maria's life make this book so arrestingly different. The winsome portrait of a childhood lived on the banks of the Volga River as the daughter of a wealthy pre-Revolution German industrialist . . . The tragedy of banishment to Siberia and life among the nomadic tribes there . . . The flight from a burning Cossack village and escape to Germany during the Russian Revolution . . . Teen years in lively Berlin . . . World War II and her work as an interpreter in the labor camps of Germany . . . Her arrest as a spy by the advancing Russian armies . . . Miraculous escapes from death . . . Romance . . . The infamous Waldeheim trials . . .
And transcending it all, the rare sense of humor that could find laughter in the most horrible of circumstances. East Wind is a powerful book. Historically, its scope is broad. Spiritually, its impact is tremendous. It will be a long time before you find another story that will move you as much as Maria's. Nine years in a Soviet prison camp would seem an eternity to most of us. For Maria, it was an investment in eternity. Hers is a miraculous story of survival and courage in the death camps of Stalin's Gulag after World War II.
In nine years, Maria moved through six different camps, including the infamous Buchenwald, which the Soviets had taken over from the Nazis after the war. In the process, Maria touched the lives of many people and helped them turn their own mourning into dancing.
Lighthouse Trails is pleased to present this dramatic true account by The Berean Call in audiobook format for your listening enjoyment, read by the author, Ruth Hunt. Total listening time is about 7 hours.