Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
University of California Press, Sep 21, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 408 pages
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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MAN IS WOLF TO MAN: Surviving the GulagUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
No matter how often one reads of life in the Gulag—and this is one of the best accounts—one is still chilled by the extent of man's capacity for evil. This account by Bardach, now a surgeon at the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - obiebyke - LibraryThing
I really liked this memoir of the gulag, but found myself projecting survivor's guilt-- how did this guy survive such awfulness intact with all the suffering going on around him? I struggled with being angry with him for being so lucky and feeling guilty for that feeling. Weird. Read full review
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