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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607720027
  • Publisher: Aquila Polonica
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 748,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Foreword ix

1 Before the Havoc 1

2 The End of My Childhood 13

3 Flying the Nest 22

4 Interlude with Father 38

5 The Lesser Evil 53

6 The Sun Is on the Wrong Side 66

7 Siberia—You Will Get Used to It, or Else 89

8 He Who Does Not Work, Does Not Eat! 103

9 The Ice Road 131

10 Changing Fortunes 155

11 The Beginning of the End 173

12 On the Raft 201

13 Journey South Down the Volga 217

14 Wrong Turnings, Wrong Stops 237

15 The Long Haul 257

16 Chirakchi—A Respite 273

17 The Short Haul 288

18 Unpredictable Consequences 302

19 Chimkent—A Restricted City 313

20 Over and Out! 337

Epilogue—by Danuta 365

Historical Horizon: The Soviet Deportations and the Second Polish Corps 371

Interview with the Author 401

Reading Group Guide 406

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    A Riveting Book!

    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.

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