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Nov 16, Paulina rated it it was amazing. Retrieved 31 October Perhaps swjat of it in his case was because he had hope. Herling is a talented writer. 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.
Herling had been caught trying to flee Poland during her dismemberment by the Soviets and Germans. 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.
Thank You for Your Contribution! Referring to a Mr. Being Polish was not really a plus in the ‘s. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Want to Read saving…. For most Polish prisoners of war, the Polish-Soviet alliance came too late.
Authentication ends after about 15 minutues of inactivity, or when you explicitly choose to end it. The book contains detailed, often drastic depictions from the lives of Gulag prisoners.
It also describes the dire situation in Poland, a country caught as in a vice between two brutal totalitarian regimes: Sadovsky, a Communist official who fell out hsrling favor and was incarcerated with him, Herling comments: Some Communists who now were incarcerated continued to cling to Communism because otherwise they would have nothing else to live for.
Imprisoned in Vitsebsk and a gulag in Arkhangelsk region for 2 years, he was released in under the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, herlinv if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. In A World Apart Herling describes his imprisonment in a Soviet gulag and his excruciating experience in a forced labor camp between the years It’s baffling how anyone survived Gulag conditions, even for only 18 months, innt the author did.
Then off to the camps grudzindki you weren’t shot for the job of building the Soviet economy on the cheap.
The Russian edition preceded some Western language editions: One strength of Herling’s character was his capacity for reflection, and this helps make “A World Apart”more than just a litany of suffering. Their efforts were simply to build hope for the future. Feb 09, Alicja rated it really liked it. Poland was torn apart between two evil empires. The Journal of a Gulag Survivor. That’s a shame, because I was really looking forward to it.
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Please try again later. He summarized his experiences pp. Claudia Moscovici, Literature Salon We learn, for example, that Communist tortures were designed not merely to make the victims sign a confession of guilt, but to destroy their very personality.
Previous wsiat of the Gulags who now served as overseers were often extremely harsh to current inmates. Jan 17, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Mar 25, Daria rated it it was amazing. Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Jan 23, P42 rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 surprising betrayers; the hunger-demented, etc. A large part of Polish soldiers were executed.
Aug 11, Teb rated it it was amazing. When asked what nationality they had, Polish Jews simply answered ‘Jew’.
A World Apart (book) – Wikipedia
Germany attacked Poland with full force, launching 85 percent of its military might into the country, including 1. Poland received some verbal support from its allies, Great Britain and France, but no effective backing on the military front. We never store sensitive information about our grrudzinski in cookies.
Jul 12, Beata rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Most Polish soldiers, however, were sent, like Gustaw Herling, to Gulags, from which few emerged alive.