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Interesting feature at the end of the book. Being Polish was not really a plus in the ‘s. Jan 09, Ewa rated it really liked it. Claudia Moscovici, Literature Salon Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Some Communists who now were incarcerated continued to cling to Communism because otherwise they would have nothing else to live for.
The Polish army fought valiantly, but it was vastly outnumbered, having onlytroops and a fraction of the weapons that Germany had at its disposal.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Germany attacked Poland with full force, launching 85 percent of its military might into the country, including 1.
Definitely too long, but still one of the most haunting and harrowing books I have ever read.
For most Polish prisoners of war, the Polish-Soviet alliance came too late. In A World Apart Herling describes his imprisonment in a Soviet gulag and his excruciating experience in a forced labor camp between the years A selection from the Journal Written at Night, a journal that he wrote for 30 years, was translated by Ronald Strom and published as Volcano and Miracle The most infamous of these massacres, which the Soviets blamed on the Nazis, was the Katyn Massacre.
A World Apart is an informative, descriptive and often harrowing account of life inside a Soviet prison camp during the swiah s.
This gave him the opportunity to write about his time in the work camps. He draws word portraits of many different prisoners, some of whom are examples of various “types” — the true believers in Communism, sure that “if only Stalin knew” all prisoners would go free; the criminals who lord over the “politicals” and prosper in the camps; the humble who accept their fate with resignation; the informers, some of whom are inby betrayers; the hunger-demented, etc.
Feb 09, Alicja rated it really liked it.
Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Share your thoughts with other customers. Get to Know Us. At the same time he had the humility of reckoning that the Hell he was put into by fate was a bet It should and might deserve to be more widely known.
There is something about the coldness, precision and distance of the narration that makes it even scarier. Accounts of Soviet prison camps, both novels and non-fiction, differ from the stories of Nazi camps for many reasons, not the least of which is the reasons for their existence.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The story itself was very important, but the writing style wasn’t something that I liked and I struggled with this book more than I expected. Once slaves were thrown to lions. Awards He was the winner of many injy prizes: Those inmates who planned escapes and stored food for them did not actually try to escape–which they knew was almost impossible.
A World Apart Front cover, edition. Retrieved 31 October Comes with the highest recommendations. While in high school following a honour’s Soviet History class I read several accounts of the Russian internment camps, but not this book. Want to Read saving…. Return to Book Page. The book A World Apart contains the author’s recollections beginning from his time spent incarcerated in the former USSR Gulag labour camp in Yertsevo in Arkhangelsk Oblastand a description of the journey he took to join the Polish divisions forming in Persia.
Explore inmy Home Gift Guide. In heerling, there were. After reading this book the reader will come to a new realization as to just how far evil can be taken in the name of loyalty to the Fatherland.
Lists with This Book. With the Russians we will lose our soul. Product details Unknown Binding Publisher: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perhaps some of it in his case was because he had hope.
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For instance, of the12, Poles sent to Kolyma only about survived. The first account of “Russian labour camps” I read so far in which the author not only writes about what he survived to, but tries to put it in a larger historical context.
Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The book even has a quite brilliant, read surreal, appendix which is almost more surreal than the horrific experience of being a prisoner in a Soviet work camp. He also discusses the human spirit and how people react differently to such horrible conditions and treatment.
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