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

By Anne Konrad
Foreword by Hiroaki Kuromiya

© 2012

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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  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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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.

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

By Anne Konrad
Foreword by Hiroaki Kuromiya

© 2012

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘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
    Canadian Mennonite November 26, 2012

    ‘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
    Journal of Mennonite Studies; vol 31:2013

    ‘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
    Mennonite Quarterly Review
  • Author Information

    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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