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Red Quarter Moon: A Search for Family in the Shadow of Stalin [Paperback]

Anne Konrad , Hiroaki Kuromiya
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Jan. 30 2012 Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies

Anne Konrad's Red Quarter Moon is the gripping account of her search for family members lost and disappeared within the Soviet Union. Konrad's ancestors, Mennonites, had settled the Ukrainian steppes in the late 1790s. An ethno-religious minority, they became special objects of Soviet persecution. Though her parents fled in 1929, many relatives remained in the USSR.

Konrad's search for these missing extended family members took place over twenty years and five continents - on muddy roads, lonesome steppes, and in old letters, documents, or secret police archives. Her story emerges as both haunting and inspiring, filled with dramatically different accounts from survivors now scattered across the world. She aligns the voices of her subjects chronologically against the backdrop of Soviet policy, intertwining the historical context of the Terror Years with her own personal quest. Red Quarter Moon is an enthralling journey into the past that offers a unique look at the lives of ordinary families and individuals in the USSR.

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‘Konrad has crafted a gripping piece of scholarship that immerses the reader in both stories of her family and her own process of discovery.’ (Sean Patterson)

‘In this historical narrative, Anne Konrad has written a fascinating book about her search for her Russian-Mennonite relatives who were lost after the ”Shadow of Stalin” had covered their homeland.’

(Harry Loewen)

‘This personal narrative of one of the darkest hours for Russian Mennonites is one of the most compelling I have read… The stories, always riveting in their emotion and energy, are told in historical  context so that you always know the backdrop of what was driving the governing officials, the guards and the many henchmen who carried out their ruthless rules.’ (Dick Benner)

About the Author

Anne Konrad is a writer living in Toronto.

Hiroaki Kuromiya is a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Releatives Discovered June 18 2013
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I had been searching for ancestors of my Nachtigal heritage. Running into a brick wall, I decided to try using a message board on I gave some information as to names , years, birthplace , and great grandparents.After a year and a half, I was contacted by Jakob Konrad from Germany.His parents and I are second cousins. He told me about the above book and here I have discovered what happened after my grandparents left Russia in 1925. My grandmother was Susanna Konrad, who married David Nachtigal from the Crimea. Anne Konrad, I find, must be my second cousin. I had no idea of the whereabouts of any of Grandma Konrad Nachtigal family members. This book is brutally honest, and shares the truths of the persecution under Stalin. The accounts of the Revolution and WW1 dovetail with accounts my own parents were able to share. The Crimean Peninsula had been a beautiful place to live, but when I asked my father if he'd like to see it again, he said" what for? There's nothing left!" His family had owned two flour mills in More. One operated by wind, one by steam. They had lived in Borongar and Spat as well, so must have been friends of the Konrads. An excellent book, but I would like the other book Anne wrote. "..And in Their Silent Beauty Speak...a Mennonite Family in Russia and Canada 1790- 1990". It must be a more in depth look at the family with pictures, since I have a copy of a picture that also appeared in her book.
Helena McMillan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and compelling May 31 2012
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This book represents a great accomplishment. Anne Konrad has spent many years researching the fate of her Mennonite relatives during the lunacy of Stalin's Russia. The tragic outcomes linger to this day in the lives of the descendants of her family members who were persecuted because of their religion. The author's clear prose style and personal connection to the story make the book difficult to put down. The family trees at the beginning of the book aid the reader in keeping track of the many family members who appear in the story.
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