The Communist Chasm

Author: Nan Wisherd
Anticipated release date: 2017
Synopsis: In 1986, a group of thirty-three people from Duluth, Minnesota, anxiously peered through the windows of their train as it chugged into Petrozavodsk, the capital city of the Soviet Union’s province of Karelia. The Duluthians had named Petrozavodsk their sister city and had decided to travel to the city with plans of forging ties. As they stepped off the train, hoping that someone in the waiting crowd would understand English, the enthusiastic greetings in perfect English were shocking. Their welcoming committee at the train station had once been Midwesterners who had moved with their parents to the Soviet Union more than a half-century earlier. The Iron Curtain and Cold War had securely sealed them from the family and friends they’d left behind and, as the years passed, one of the most interesting chapters in pre-WWII history was in danger of being lost forever….

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