Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag / Edition 1

Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag / Edition 1

by Janusz Bardach, Kathleen Gleeson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520221524

ISBN-13: 9780520221529

Pub. Date: 09/21/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

FROM THE BOOK:"The pit I was ordered to dig had the precise dimensions of a casket. The NKVD officer carefully designed it. He measured my size with a stick, made lines on the forest floor, and told me to dig. He wanted to make sure I'd fit well inside."

In 1941 Janusz Bardach's death sentence was commuted to ten years' hard labor and he was sent

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FROM THE BOOK:"The pit I was ordered to dig had the precise dimensions of a casket. The NKVD officer carefully designed it. He measured my size with a stick, made lines on the forest floor, and told me to dig. He wanted to make sure I'd fit well inside."

In 1941 Janusz Bardach's death sentence was commuted to ten years' hard labor and he was sent to Kolyma—the harshest, coldest, and most deadly prison in Joseph Stalin's labor camp system—the Siberia of Siberias. The only English-language memoir since the fall of communism to chronicle the atrocities committed during the Stalinist regime, Bardach's gripping testimony explores the darkest corners of the human condition at the same time that it documents the tyranny of Stalin's reign, equal only to that of Hitler. With breathtaking immediacy, a riveting eye for detail, and a humanity that permeates the events and landscapes he describes, Bardach recounts the extraordinary story of this nearly inconceivable world.
The story begins with the Nazi occupation when Bardach, a young Polish Jew inspired by Soviet Communism, crosses the border of Poland to join the ranks of the Red Army. His ideals are quickly shattered when he is arrested, court-martialed, and sentenced to death. How Bardach survives an endless barrage of brutality—from a near-fatal beating to the harsh conditions and slow starvation of the gulag existence—is a testament to human endurance under the most oppressive circumstances. Besides being of great historical significance, Bardach's narrative is a celebration of life and a vital affirmation of what it means to be human.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221529
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/21/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,100,229
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Maps and photos followpages xvi and 172 respectively
Foreword by Adam Hochschildix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Prologue1
September 19393
Witness26
Red Army Soldier54
Court-martial78
Cattle Car92
Retribution109
Burepolom122
Siberian Trail140
Buchta Nakhodka163
Slave Ship181
Welcome to Kolyma195
The Isolator213
Winter224
Kolyma Highway240
Central Hospital259
Tuberculosis Patients280
Antechamber to the Morgue302
Psychiatric Ward324
Letters347
Free, But Not Home364
Epilogue385
Glossary389

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