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East Wind: A Survivor's True Story of Faith Inside the Gulag of World War II

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East Wind is the incredible story of Maria Zeitner Linke--of her indomitable spirit and courageous faith as she faced the death camps and prisons of Stalin's Russia. "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 cam ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 22nd 2007 by Berean Call (first published June 30th 1977)
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Yibbie
This is a hard book to read. The author’s life is so full of pain, separation, and loss that it is overwhelming. But then against the darkness and death, we see God’s love and sustaining power shining powerfully. That is why you should read this book. Because it will encourage you to rely on God no matter what is happening around you.
It is also a very personal way to learn about the injustice and despair that pervades a communistic society. First, she shows us the tragedy of a nation overtake
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Charlie
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Bought this book at Half-Price book store. GLAD I did. Wow.
Maria Zeitner Linke managed to live thru NINE years of hell during Stalin's Gulag after World War 11. Yes. after WW11. Unbelievable.
She got caught up in the ID of her life. Born in Russia to German parents was apparently a SERIOUS crime.
Her faith kept her going and it helped her to survive under the worst kind of conditions and again for NINE years after WW11. She spent time in six different prison camps. She lived till 1978.
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Sue
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A riveting book of Maria Zeitner Linke’s life. She was born in the Volga village of Urbach, to German parents. When WWI begins her father is arrested and shipped to Siberia. Later her mother and all of her siblings are loaded into cattle boxcars and also shipped east to Siberia. A chance meeting in a Bashkirs village reunited the family. They lived as political prisoners for many years and then finally make their way to Germany during the chaos of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution.
Then years lat
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Adrianne
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We read this together in our Bible study group. How soon my generation has forgotten what a true fascist looks like. What Hitler was truly capable of. And yet, out of these horrific stories, Christians could still emerge triumphant in will and thought and lead others to Christ. Such an inspirational story. I highly recommend this to just about anyone.
Tim
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book to read which turned out to be a good thing. Based on the title, I would have been unlikely to buy it, assuming it would be a rather simplistic tale of triumphant faith under some shade of brutality. (Not that I haven't read dozens pretty much like that ...).

Instead, this was as much a social history book into little known populations of Germans living in eastern Europe and Russia for centuries, then buffeted by two global wars, along with Naziism and Communism. The tale is
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Sharon
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a most incredible story of faith and courage against horrendous odds...and faith and courage won! This is one of those books that should be read by everyone.
Jammie
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A page turner!
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Jun 21, 2010 marked it as to-read
Recommended for study on suffering by Mike Sullivan
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