Wild Children of the Urals Author:Floyd Miller From the dust cover: This is a story of high drama and courage under pressure, an extraordinary tribute to the work of the American Red Cross. It is also the powerful evocation of a world torn by revolution; of eight hundred children who were the victims of history; and of the handful of men and women who became their heroes. — During the Russi... more »an Revolution, eight hundred boys and girls from wealthy Petrograd families were transported to Siberia because of the food shortage. The plan was that they would return to their families in the fall; but the war cut them off and for more than a year they wandered around the countryside begging for food. Many of them came close to starving. They were caught behind the battle-lines and had to face the vicious Siberian winter with neither warm clothes nor the money to buy provisions.
Then, thanks to the intervention by the American Red Cross, the children were taken under supervision and embarked from Vladivostok on a ship, travelling all the way around the world. They were returned to their families two year after they had left them for the summer!
Written in a clear, simple style that creates the swift pace for which Mr. Miller has become known, Wild Children of the Urals is an inspiring story, always deeply moving, and it is not a book that the reader will soon forget.« less