The Repatriate: Love, Basketball, and the KGB

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9780980229639: The Repatriate: Love, Basketball, and the KGB

This title presents the true story of one Armenian-American's dramatic trip to Armenia. In the early months of 1947, eighteen-year-old Tom Mooradian had everything - Hollywood good looks, high academic ranking in his senior class at Southwestern High School, and recognition by the three Detroit daily newspapers as being one of the finest basketball talents in the Public School League and in the state. Before the end of that year, however, he would find himself with hundreds of other Soviet citizens, standing in long unruly lines hoping to purchase a kilo of black, damp, saw-grain filled bread. He would be fighting the daily fight for survival in the Soviet Union.But bread was the least of his worries; he was not allowed to travel or utter one word against the state in public or private conversation. Mooradian had lost his freedom. It was not a dream, but a nightmare, that he and one-hundred-fifty other American Armenians willingly, but unknowingly, walked into when they signed up to repatriate to Armenia. Shortly after their arrival in Erevan, the capital of Soviet Armenia, the NKVD, the Soviet Secret Police, arrested Mooradian as he boarded a plane for Moscow. Beaten at the airport, Mooradian was conveyed to NKVD headquarters. His crime: he had authored and agreed to present a petition that he and three other repatriates had signed to the US Ambassador, pleading for help to return to the United States.Mooradian's basketball prowess captured the hearts of the Soviet people and probably saved his life. Miraculously surviving 13 years behind the Iron Curtain, he had the opportunity to see what no foreign correspondent, no western journalist, no diplomat was permitted to see: the Soviet Union as the Soviets lived.

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Tom Mooradian is a graduate of Wayne State University with a major in journalism, and worked for Detroit suburban newspapers until his retirement in 2003.

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"Adventure. Danger. Romance. From the very first pages, Tom Mooradian's newly published The Repatriate attracts the reader's attention. One is drawn into Mooradian's unlikely thirteen years spent in Soviet Armenia, feeling his initial excitement at the move, to his bitter disappointment, and struggle to escape...The Repatriate is a must read for all. Barlow Der Mugrdechian --The Collegian, California State University, Fresno - March 2009

"Fascinating...Mooradian brought them all back, raw and graphic memories of the Soviet Union we both knew, which now is no more...Mooradian's story is of a world that's gone, thank God. He has brought it back to life, for us to look back on, with horror." Roy Essoyan, Retired Foreign Correspondent --Book jacket

"In sharing his life behind the Iron Curtain, Tom Mooradian's book is a must read for today's generation to fully grasp the terror that cloaked the subjected peoples of decadent Soviet Union...Mooradian's story needs to be read by those who now question if the Cold War even existed and if a global nuclear conflict was a threat to humankind." Mitch Kehetian, Macomb Daily Managing Editor, Retired --Book jacket

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