My Three Countries

A Journey from Privilege to Slavery to Freedom

Non-Fiction - Biography
214 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2018
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Author Biography

Anna Melgaard grew up in a German community in Romania. After WWII she and all able-bodied people from her town were taken at gunpoint to a slave labor camp in USSR. She escaped to Germany and an uncle in Prosser Washington sent for her. Once in USA, she married and worked on the family dairy farm to achieve her own American Dream.
Alice Melgaard Ard is Anna’s daughter, who wrote down Anna’s remembrances. After a career spent railroading, she published this book.
Ellen Fredericks edited and arranged the order of the book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

My Three Countries: A Journey from Privilege to Slavery to Freedom by Anna Melgaard is a biography that is bold, charming, and thoughtful; a memoir of one woman’s journey from a privileged class to being stripped of everything and forcefully shipped with many others for hard labor in the Soviet bloc after WWII, and her gritty, daring escape from slavery to freedom. Meet Anna Untch who was born in Romania, experienced all forms of suffering, including starvation, slave labor, illness and despair repaying what the Germans owed from WWII, against her will. It is interesting following this tale filled with emotion as she rejoins her sister and boldly makes her way to the US. But the escape could be deadlier than the horrors left behind. And will the two sisters ever see their family again?

This is a very engaging story, told in a captivating voice that draws out the sympathy of the reader. The narrative is emotionally moving, beautifully told, and, in spite of the grim nature of the story and the darkness that accompanies the protagonist, the humanity of the characters comes out brilliantly. Although this is a story with themes of forced labor and modern slavery, it is one of hope and courage; it explores the daring of a woman who redefines her path and sets out to conquer her freedom. The historical setting is wonderfully done and the emotions of the characters explored in a way so that the story feels real and utterly engaging. This is a tale of struggle and success, riveting and punctuated with risky adventures. My Three Countries: A Journey from Privilege to Slavery to Freedom invites readers to dare, to believe in themselves, and to fight for freedom. It’s a work of pure delight.