In her moving and deeply personal memoir, Ella E. Schneider
Hilton chronicles her remarkable childhood -- one that took her
from the purges of Stalinist Russia to the refugee camps of Nazi
and postwar Germany to the cotton fields of Jim Crow Mississippi
before granting her access to the American dream. Despite her hard
life as a refugee, Ella finds solace in others and retains her
indomitably inquisitive spirit. Throughout her ordeals, she never
relinquishes hope or sight of her goal of education.
Poignantly and freshly rendered, this is a tale of
determination. It is the story of a girl caught up first in the
maelstrom of World War II and then in the complexities of American
southern culture, adjusting to events beyond her control with
resiliency as she searches for faith, knowledge, and a place in the
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