My book, Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad, has been out for just 10 days, but I'm already surprised by some of the feedback. I guess I should have anticipated it, but one of the themes I've observed can best be described as "solidarity."
A number of folks I've talked to take my story very personally. A New York Jew whose relatives fled the Nazis told me, "I get it." A radio host told his listeners that the stories in my book resonated with the story his father had told him about how he escaped from Communist Romania. Another radio host talked about his Cuban-American roots and compared his family's trials in Fidel-land with those of North Koreans trapped by the Kim family regime.
In my own family, I have a brother-in-law who, when he was 10 years old in 1956, walked across the Hungarian border to freedom in Austria. The family couldn't carry suitcases, which would have made it obvious that they were defecting, so he and his parents and older sister traveled in several layers of clothes.
Is there anyone out there in the Ricochet community who has a family story of escape from a dictatorship?