The story begins in the former USSR where young Lev, a non-practicing Jew, experienced religious persecution. After successfully navigating the Soviet bureaucratic maze, his family fled Russia. The book chronicles their struggles along the way to freedom and the many difficulties and sacrifices they endured for the attainment of liberty.
I learned a great deal from this book about life behind the Iron Curtain and also gained a clearer perspective of the life of someone who arrives in the country of my birth as an immigrant. All of my late grandparents were immigrants and I wish I knew more about their stories. Lev’s story is moving and hopeful. I’m glad to have read it.