Those Were the Days, Tovarish
About the Book
MAKSIM ZIEMTSOV is in a privileged position at the Soviet Union in 1980´s. Son of a high ranking Red Army officer, Hero of the Soviet Union he holds the position of Assistant Curator of Moscow´s prestigious Ostankino Museum. Yet, he is chaffing at the bit .Depended on the chain of command of the Communist system, he is subject to the whim of every link. Series of apparatchiks from his immediate superior to the Secretary of the Communist Party control his life. A chance meeting with a Swiss diplomat and a subsequent trip to his country open his eyes to a different world. After inhaling the breath of freedom he steals, smuggles, illegally crosses borders and winds up in Canada. The other characters in the book, his Jewish mother, his sister in law a concert pianist, her husband Yefim and a touring American dentist exert some influence on him but ultimately it is his own drive for a better life which determines his decisions. A murder and rape attempt are also part of spellbinding story.
About the Author
GEORGE OSCAR LEE was born on Sept. 1st, 1924 in Drohobycz, Poland. In June of 1941 he ran away to Russia just ahead of invading German troops. Shortly after he was arrested by the NKVD. Released as a Polish citizen, he joined the Polish Army at the end of 1943. He participated in the Liberation of Warsaw, street fights in Kolberg, Stettin, reaching Berlin in May 1945. After the war he came to D.P.Camp Foehrenwald, where he met his future wife, whom he married in Brooklyn in 1949. The union was blessed with two children, a daughter with U.N. and son attorney at law and four grandchildren. Having been a Vice-President of a Chemical Company, he retired to South Florida. He is the author of four books and many short stories and poems published in FORWARD, BIALYSTOKER SHTIME and in SLOWO ZYDOWSKIE, ZIEMIA DROHOBYCKA in Polish. He is a member of the Jewish War Veterans, guest speaker and lecturer.