“I ran up to her and said: 'My darling, I’ve been waiting for you for so long.
She persuaded me to go out with this man, Nefed, and gradually he and my mother persuaded me that this was where my future lay.” Boris, too, finally gave in and re-married.
He became a writer, penning a book dedicated to the woman he’d married as a young soldier but only ever spent three nights with. With the demise of the Soviet Union, Anna was once more able to travel home. “I felt the same when we met last year,” Boris said. Yes I had loved other women when we were separated.
In the end, Kalish found that overall, 72% of reunited partners stayed together.
Kalish is not the only individual who researched remarriage statistics.
Like her father, she was branded an enemy of the people and forced with the rest of her family into internal exile in Siberia.