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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. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Retrieved 31 October Internet URLs are the best. One of the many unforgettable lines I already found: The book contains detailed, often drastic depictions from the lives of Gulag prisoners.

This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your computer can access your account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication. First hand account of atrocities, struggle fo A book that makes a very difficult read.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. In A World Apart Herling describes his imprisonment in a Soviet gulag and his excruciating experience in a forced labor camp between the years Herling had been caught trying to flee Poland during her dismemberment by the Soviets Double Genocide.


This is reminiscent of Bruno Bettelheim’s testimony about the conduct of long-term inmates of Nazi concentration camps towards newer prisoners. German soldiers torched houses swit the German-Polish border and blamed the Poles for herlong. Most Polish gridzinski, however, were sent, like Gustaw Herling, to Gulags, from which few emerged alive. Thanks to a deal between the Polish government and the Russians Herling was eventually released, unlike his Russian mates.

For his valor in combat he was decorated with the Virtuti Militari, Poland’s highest military decoration. Feb 09, Alicja rated it really liked it.

For most Polish prisoners of war, the Polish-Soviet alliance came too late. Sumamente recomendable, en todo caso. For instance, of the12, Poles sent to Kolyma only about survived. Thank You for Your Contribution! Many movies and books were created in regard to Nazis camps and that’s what most people especially those living outside of Europe associate with IIWW, history about Soviet ones isn’t that widely known. For the bibliographical record of the book, consult any library.

May 04, Kain rated it it was amazing. 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.

Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, each of which sought to conquer and exploit its people and pillage its land. Jul 12, Beata rated it it was amazing. Written 10 years before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ‘s One Day in the Grdzinski of Ivan Denisovichit brought him international acclaim but also criticism from Soviet sympathizers.


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Herling ended up in a Gulag, which is equally fun but unlike in German concentration camps, in a Gulag mass murder and extermination is not the aim but a pleasant side effect of the harsh conditions over there. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

Jan 17, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 31, Agnes rated it it was amazing 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. He summarized his experiences pp. Now lions are thrown to slaves”.

Inny Swiat : Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski :

In he co-founded and initially co-edited the political and cultural magazine Kultura, then published in Rome. Imprisoned in Vitsebsk and a gulag in Arkhangelsk region for 2 years, he was released in under the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.