Sentence Siberia: A Story of Survival

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Ann Lehtmets is one of few women in the western world to have lived through Stalin's holocaust. One morning in June 1941, Russian soldiers arrested Ann lethmets in her home in Estonia, tore her from her husband and children and loaded her in a cattle truck, destination unknown. She survived her sentence in Siberia, negotiating a life where secret police, brutish foremen and hostile landladies conspired with cold, hunger and backbreaking labour to make existence difficult for all and deadly for many. Ann Lehtmets owes her life to spirit, intelligence, guile and humor. These qualities shine through every page of her extraordinary recollections.

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Ann Lehtmets was born in southern Estonia in 1904 and educated at a girls' college. She settled with her lawyer husband in Rakvere, a city in northern Estonia. In 1941 she was arrested and transported to Siberia, where for 17 years she was forced to live and work in appalling conditions.

Douglas Hoile was born in South Australia in 1924. He served in the RAAF as a Spitfire pilot during WWII and later graduated in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He married Ann Lehtmets' daughter, Tiiu, in 1953 and has worked for many years as a general practitioner involved in community service.

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...enthralling, a valuable primary source for historians...grimly fascinating reading. -- The West Australian

...reminders of the innate courage and resourcefulness of those who, when tested, emerge from the contest whole. -- Australian Jewish News

Ann Lehtmets is an international treasure. -- Frank Campbell, The Australian

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