Petra Vlah's Writing
Petra's Writing is Wrapped in a Lifetime of Insights
Petra Vlah's work gives us a compelling first-hand telling of growing up under communism in Romania. Sadly, there are many similar stories being lived out in other countries even as I write this, but Petra’s writing draws a picture that is a warning to Americans.
We would be wise to consider her history and insights carefully. Her work is an opportunity for Americans. She offers a wake up call to warn us to hold on to our freedoms, writing a warning about socialistic trends in our own government that threaten our Republic.
She poignantly shares her personal experiences with such stark honesty that it can leave a reader breathless. She writes with courage about the bravery she had to maintain a strong grip on as her future unfolded.
Petra Vlah writes with passion, and her attempts at objectivity often display an inner compassion that I hope to see her continue to cultivate. While her anger is understandable, I think she has been learning more than she realizes at this point.
What we can learn from reading first-hand accounts of how people from other countries have dealt with life when their governments capitulated or were overrun by brutal regimes that demanded everything from the people they entrapped is as important today as it has been throughout history.
As Petra shares her continuing journey through her writing, something about her stark style makes her accounts of the life that she tells us about all the more riveting. Her posts are both easy to read and yet a challenge. I love that it feels as if I am listening to her wonderful accent when I read about her life.
My impression is that through HubPages she is learning much and receiving good encouragement. I hope to find and read more of her work, but I know I will have to read it on days that I can handle it. Such intensity is not for the faint-hearted. Her work can explode in your heart and mind in unexpected ways. One needs to be both careful of and understanding of her impressions of America.
I am writing this short hub about Petra’s work because we have much to learn from the experiences that other countries have had with socialism and communism. Reading the stories of people who have endured the hardships of living under regimes such as the one Petra grew under could do us good in more ways than one.
If you have not read Petra’s story, her Marked Family will give you a new appreciation of the freedoms Americans have enjoyed in the past. Again, though, be careful, and be understanding,
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