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The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom
     

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

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by Stefan Waydenfeld
 

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These grim words greeted 14-year-old Stefan Waydenfeld and his parents at the end of their forced journey by cattle car from their home in Poland to a Stalinist labor camp in the desolate Siberian forests.

The Ice Road is Stefan Waydenfeld's spellbinding tale of survival in the frozen arctic forests and his long journey to freedom. This enthralling story of great

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These grim words greeted 14-year-old Stefan Waydenfeld and his parents at the end of their forced journey by cattle car from their home in Poland to a Stalinist labor camp in the desolate Siberian forests.

The Ice Road is Stefan Waydenfeld's spellbinding tale of survival in the frozen arctic forests and his long journey to freedom. This enthralling story of great scope and humanity sheds light on a little known aspect of World War II, in which 1.5 million Polish civilians were arbitrarily arrested by Stalin as “enemies of the people” following the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939.

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The author was 14 when Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union divided Poland between them. Many Poles, including Waydenfeld's family, were swiftly deported to Siberian labor camps. Only about half survived. Released in 1941, Waydenfeld and his parents endured a desperate journey across a hostile county and eventually reached the West. A remarkable tale.

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ISBN-13:
9781607720027
Publisher:
Aquila Polonica
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
943,100
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Cold River where Iceclan can get its fish for food...
DouglasRachko More than 1 year ago
Although it is a true story, the book reads like a harrowing adventure novel about a Polish adolescent's escape, along with his mother and father, from Stalinist Russia during WWII. The young man and his family face unimaginable hardship, suspense, and uncertainty due to the complete disruption of their lives from 1938 to 1945. The reader develops a strong bond with the principal characters; their ordeal becomes even more appalling as it is realized that a similar fate befell hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Europe during this time period. One can't help but admire the resilience and fortitude which enabled these people to survive, and eventually prosper. Throughout this riveting account, Dr. Waydenfeld provides wonderful and instructive insight into the terribly broken and corrupt state of Stalinist Russia, as well as Russia's wavering political role in Europe during the early years of the war. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will delight in reading this work of non-fiction.