A 38-year-old mother. Two young daughters. A father left behind. An adversary who declared: "As long as I live, you will not enter America."
We never heard of Cold War refugees who escaped from Eastern Bloc nations having been denied asylum in free countries. So unique and strange were our circumstances that not one, but two countries, denied us asylum, and left us stranded in a pass-through nation.
Part I – Life in Communist Romania (Ch. 1-25)
For a glimpse of Romanian culture, family life, the adversities of living in a communist society, and the realities of a child growing up under totalitarianism
Part II – The Escape (Ch. 26-32)
Crucial developments in the summer of 1981 during President Ceausescu's regime
Part III – Without a Country (Ch. 33-44)
Months of uncertainty and struggle living in a foreign country considered a "pass-through" nation by International Law, where a surprising adversary uttered the fatal words written above, not once, but twice
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