‘DP’ (Displaced Person) is a powerful true story of hope, survival and life during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, about a young girl named Evhenia (Evgeniya) my mother, who survived the most turbulent years of WWII. In 1924 Lenin died and theMore‘DP’ (Displaced Person) is a powerful true story of hope, survival and life during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, about a young girl named Evhenia (Evgeniya) my mother, who survived the most turbulent years of WWII.
In 1924 Lenin died and the struggle for succession ensued. In 1928, Stalin emerged victorious- the people were deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands. Mothers in the countryside sometimes tossed their emaciated children onto passing railroad cars traveling toward cities such as ‘Kiev’ in the hope someone there would take pity. But, in the cities, children and adults who had already flocked there from the countryside were dropping dead in the streets, with their bodies carted away in horse-drawn wagons to be dumped into mass graves. Occasionally, people lying on the sidewalk – who were thought to be dead, but were actually still alive – were also carted away and buried.
While police and Communist Party officials remained quite well fed, desperate Ukrainians ate leaves off bushes and trees, killed dogs, cats, frogs, mice and birds then cooked them. Others – gone mad with hunger – resorted to cannibalism, with parents’ sometimes even eating their own children. Over seven million men, women and children fell to the Genocidal Famine.
This ghastly period was deliberately planned and perpetrated by Stalin –with the specific intent of exterminating a nation. Germany invaded the Soviet Union, storming through the Ukraine where this story takes place. My mother caught in the middle of this turmoil, was taken from her parent’s by German soldiers and transported by cattle-car train to a labor camp.
She endured harsh physical conditions, until the American’s liberated the camps and placed everyone in holding camps. There she met my father a Ukrainian partisan, who aggressively, and relentlessly pursued her. My mother wanted nothing to do with him, but my father wasn’t giving up that easily, and followed her to the poorest, blue-collar industrial town of northern England.
Neither of them could speak English, and had no money- she eventually gave in to his advances, married him, and had three children, all boys. My father deceived her- he was already married with children, splits up the family, and takes my two older brothers, leaving me behind with my mother to live in poverty. Fourteen years later, I am now twenty-one- I leave my mother to search for my estranged family in America.
I discover my father is a polygamist. My oldest brother was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Vietnam, and was wounded by a snipers bullet in the leg. After leaving the military, working at a machine shop, he had an industrial accident, which left his hand mangled, crushed and crippled.
Today he suffers with ‘Pseudo Gout’ and severe depression. My other brother, the thief, was a juvenile delinquent, sentenced to fifth-teen years at the Ohio State Penitentiary, made famous for the filming of the movie ‘Shawshank Redemption’ after serving only two years was deported to England.
I decided to stay in America, today I am an Emmy award-winning art director, who has successfully worked in the advertising, television, and the newspaper industry, and today I am a professor of Advertising and president of “The Ministry of Good News” a jail and prison ministry. The story concludes with the sad and tragic death of my mother.My mother is the magical thread that ties this story together- a story based on real life events. The rich and colorful characters you will meet, and the different time periods in which the story takes place, will transform you to a never-ending changing world, which unfolds in front of you, and transports you to the present.