Eleni by Nicholas Gage

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"A devoted and brilliant achievement." The New York Review of Books

In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist "camps" behind the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, 41, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola. For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood. Nicholas Gage joined his father in Massachusetts at the age of nine and grew up to be a top investigative reporter for the New York Times. And finally he returned to Greece to uncover the story he cared about most -- the story of his mother's heroic life and tragic death.

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About Nicholas Gage

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Gage, a native of Greece.
Published December 15, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 482 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In 1948, when he was nine, Nicholas Gage's mother Eleni Gatzoyiannis was executed by Greek Communist guerrillas, The book is presented, stagily, as the outcome of his search for her killers: What had ""her secret feelings"" been?

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