|Through the Red Gate
Produced and directed by Moyra Rodger, written by Dale Drewery, Executive
Producers Ruth Derksen Siemens and Moyra Rodger
Out To See Entertainment Inc., Vancouver,
British Columbia, 2008, DVD Documentary
The book related to this documentary is Rememeber Us by Ruth Derksen Siemens
Peter Bargen was just seven-years-old when he and
his family narrowly escaped the Russian Gulag and
almost certain death. Those relatives who remained
in the USSR were not so fortunate. During Joseph Stalin's
reign (1929 to 1953), between 45 and 60-million people,
among them thousands of Mennonites, perished through
enforced exile, execution, famine and disease.
Now, in a story that crosses continents and binds
together generations, the discovery of a cache of
rare and long-forgotten letters reveals the terrifying
details of the Bargen family's fate.
Zuercher, Melanie. "'Postcards from Hell': Letters Tell Forgotten Stories of Stalin’s Gulag." Mennonite Weekly Review, 2 November 2 2009, 1 and 7.
the Red Gate
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