Julija Sukys will sign

Julija Sukys will sign Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning University of Nebraska Press, $24.95). Julija Sukys was taught her family's story: that of a proud people forced from their Lithuanian homeland. In 1941, three Red Army soldiers arrested Ona, her grandmother, and sent her east to Siberia, where she spent seventeen years working on a collective farm. The family story maintained that it was all a mistake.

Seventy years after these events, Sukys sat down to write about her grandparents and their survival of a twenty-five-year forced separation and subsequent reunion. Piecing the story together her research revealed a Holocaust-era secret--a family connection to the killing of seven hundred Jews in a small Lithuanian border town. According to KGB documents, the man in charge when those massacres took place was Anthony, Ona's husband. In Siberian Exile Sukys weaves together the two narratives: the story of Ona, noble exile and innocent victim, and that of Anthony, accused war criminal. She examines the stories that communities tell themselves and considers what happens when the stories we've been told all our lives suddenly and irrevocably change, and how forgiveness or grace operate across generations and across the barriers of life and death. 

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Bookworm
Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803299597
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 2017

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