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Most Polish soldiers, however, were sent, like Gustaw Herling, to Gulags, from which few emerged alive. Once slaves were thrown to lions.

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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. Nov inmy, Tihana rated it really liked it Shelves: When asked what nationality they had, Polish Jews simply answered ‘Jew’.

Not herlig were able to survive it, those who did so, told their story. With the Russians we will lose our soul. For the bibliographical record of the book, consult any library. 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 Refresh and try again. I wonder why it was not of the reading list because Mr. Jan 09, Ewa rated it really liked it. You could end up in a mass grave in Katyn or in a ghetto, a concentration camp, forced labour camp or a crematory.

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The author has done an excellent job of writing about his – and his fellow inmates – experiences as objectively as possible. He summarized his experiences pp.


A lot of the book details how the camps worked, treatment of different racial groups, nationalities the author is Polish and genders by both the Soviet guards and also the prisoners and stories about how he and his fellow prisoners came to A World Apart is an informative, descriptive and often harrowing account of life inside a Soviet innh camp during the early s.

The line between a victim and torturer is so vague Get to Know Us. Much of the book is given to the ihny and interpretation of the attitudes, behaviour and emotions of specific prisoners and also to the internal mechanisms and independent laws of behaviour in swiay camps.

That’s a shame, because I was really looking forward to it. A World Apart Front cover, edition. He is best known for swizt a personal account of life in the Soviet gulag – A World Apart. Nov 21, Jonasz rated it really liked it Shelves: At the same time he had the humility of reckoning that the Hell he was put into by fate inmy a bet It should and might deserve to be more widely known.

Sumamente recomendable, en todo caso. The passage ihny which Herling says that he later understood how being sent to the Kolyma for the people “working” in his camp sounded like being sent to Auschwitz for the prisoners of Nazi lagers is astonishing.

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.


Their loyalty to their faith was admirable, but when the Polish cut a deal with Stalin, the Polish Jews were excluded from that, which only proves once again that religion sucks. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Awards He was the winner of many literary prizes: Herling-Drudzinski’s account is eloquent and moving. For instance, of the12, Poles sent to Kolyma only about survived. The Journal of a Gulag Survivor. Thi Being Polish was not really a plus in the ‘s.

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For his valor in combat he was decorated with the Virtuti Militari, Poland’s highest military decoration. It’s baffling how anyone survived Gulag conditions, even for only 18 months, as the author did.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s a grim tale that herlijg totally devoid of hope. Herling had been caught trying to flee Poland during her dismemberment by the Soviets and Germans. Now lions are thrown to slaves”. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. First hand account of atrocities, struggle for survival and everyday inhumane existence in soviet gulag.

Then off to the camps if you weren’t shot for the job of building the Soviet economy on the cheap.