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Leave Your Tears in Moscow

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The story of a 22 year fight to reunite a family exiled in Siberia.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1961 by Lippencott
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Leave Your Tears in Moscow is a simple book on first impression. Barbara Armonas' narrative is almost stoic, but deep pain and a sense of tragedy are felt behind the stoicism. Many stories from those who survived the trying circumstances of WWII and the oppressive regimes that formed in its aftermath have a "just the facts" type of tone (The Pianist is one that comes to mind)--the narrator lets the horror of the events speak for themselves; emotional embellishment isn't necessary. It isn't until ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, definitely a book people who think socialism is good should read. It is sad and moving.
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An important document, Armonas's memoir of her eight years of deportation and time within the Soviet gulag (in Siberia) is one of the few accounts of what happened to Lithuanian citizens who were uprooted by Stalin's brutal machinery. Written many years ago, the book could do with some light footnoting to clarify some of the apparatus of the Soviet state for present-day readers. One wonders how anyone could've survived the hardship. It would be interesting to know how Armonas, who was married to ...more
Carla Belkevitz
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara tells it wonderfully.

As a great granddaughter of Lithuanians this story resonated with me. Barbara tells it wonderfully. I am so pleased she was reunited with her family and so sorry for their lost years.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important book for anyone of Lithuanian heritage to read - or anyone interested in the history of eastern Europe.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memorable. Sad.
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I just found this copy at my library in a bin of books marked For Free.
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