A Patchwork life

Marks, Eva


Eva and her family, who tried to escape the Nazis in Vienna, are sent to Novosibirsk, to spent six years in the Siberian Gulag.


August 1941. After a horrific six-week journey, a bedraggled, starved group of Jewish men, women and children stumble from a cattle train into a desolate landscape near Novosibirsk, Siberia. They include nine-year-old Eva, her mother and grandmother, Viennese refugees from a privileged background who had fled to Latvia. When Germany invades Russia, they are designated ‘enemy aliens’ and are sent for six years to an infamous Gulag. Eva, from a long line of feisty women, survives with her humanity, creativity and humour to become a fair dinkum Aussie.