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Young Heroes of the Soviet Union

Alex Halberstadt slowly pulls away the curtain draped over his family’s unhappiness and discovers that his grandfather served as a bodyguard to Stalin.

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Review of ‘Young Heroes of the Soviet Union’

Funny things start happening when Russian American author Alex Halberstadt begins digging into his family’s murky unhappiness in Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning. Beginning with childhood memories of his parents’ troubled marriage and divorce, resentment toward his absent father and embarrassment over grandparents who made no effort to conceal their foreignness,…

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