George Ryback was born in Russia on 10th January 1936. Little is known of his early life in the Ukraine, he and his mother being reluctant to talk about it, but World War II caused major upheavals. His father was killed, his family never being informed, which was normal in Russia, and their home was over-run by the Germans. When the Red Army advanced, young George with his mother Tanya and her mother, who came from the noble Razumovsky family, retreated into Bavaria. Here they experienced many nights sleeping in interconnected cellars to shelter from British air-raids. Soon after...

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