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A Storied Survivor

on Neta, Who Lived to Tell the Tale of Endurance

As the German army retreated from the Soviet Union during World War II, my grandmother fled west with her four young children. Anganeta Dyck Loewen (1912–2003) was a member of a German-Mennonite community that had farmed peaceably for generations in Ukraine's Dnieper Valley. Then came the Bolshevik Revolution. By 1943, Neta had already survived two famines that together had killed millions of Ukrainians. She had seen her three brothers deported to Siberia and had lost her husband in the war. So she and her children—including my mother, only five at the time—made their way across Eastern Europe. They traveled on wagon, train, and foot. . . .

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Heather Ferngren Morton is a freelance writer based in Cheverly, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is a member of Cheverly Baptist Church.

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