Book revisits tragedy of Americans in Soviet Russia

Robert Ochsenhirt of Williamsburg was flying recently from Richmond to Kansas City, reading the book, "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia," written by Tim Tzouliadis, a British documentary filmmaker and television journalist.

"It was one of the most fascinating, yet troubling books I have ever read," Ochsenhirt said in an interview with the Gazette.

This declaration, coming from him, is significant. Ochsenhirt, trained as a mechanical engineer, served with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 37 years as an executive. He traveled to all 50 states and spent time on every continent except Antarctica. He also earned a master's degree in...