As an amateur genealogist I was fascinated with the research required and the details the author provided. This is a heartbreaking story of family and survival – doing whatever it takes to keep your loved ones together. Not only is this a genealogical adventure, it’s also a lesson in the history of the region and the hardships in the USSR. You gain an appreciation of the men and women living through an incredibly difficult time. I really enjoyed this book and wholeheartedly recommend it!