Maya Rakitova’s family has already faced innumerable obstacles and hardships together, having lived through the Communist Party purges that culminated in the disappearance of Maya’s father. But when the Nazis occupy their hometown of Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in 1941, new and terrifying threats surround them. Nine-year-old Maya quickly learns to hide her Jewish identity as her mother, with “uncommon courage,” fights to protect her, relying on the kindness of friends and strangers. A story of survival and victory over the dual terrors of the Stalinist and Nazi regimes, Behind the Red Curtain is Maya's testament to her mother’s love and strong will.
About the Author
Maya Rakitova was born in Smolensk, in the Soviet Union, on June 4, 1931. After the war, she attended school in Chernivtsi and Leningrad, graduating in 1954 from the Faculty of Radio and Television. In 1961, she and her husband moved to Warsaw, where she worked at the Radio and Television Project Bureau. Maya, her husband and their youngest daughter immigrated to Montreal in 1981. There, Maya worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for seventeen years. She and her husband live in Montreal.