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Surviving Freedom: After the Gulag

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    Janusz Bardach(Author)
In 1941, as a Red Army soldier fighting the Nazis on the Belarussian front, Janusz Bardach was arrested, court-martialed, and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. Twenty-two years old, he had committed no crime. He was one of millions swept up in the reign of terror that Stalin perpetrated on his own people. In the critically acclaimed Man Is Wolf to Man, Bardach recounted his horrific experiences in the Kolyma labor camps in northeastern Siberia, the deadliest camps in Stalin's gulag system. In this sequel Bardach picks up the narrative in March 1946, when he was released. He traces his thousand-mile journey from the northeastern Siberian gold mines to Moscow in the period after the war, when the country was still in turmoil. He chronicles his reunion with his brother, a high-ranking diplomat in the Polish embassy in Moscow; his experiences as a medical student in the Stalinist Soviet Union; and his trip back to his hometown, where he confronts the shattering realization of the toll the war has taken, including the deaths of his wife, parents, and sister. In a trenchant exploration of loss, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and existential loneliness, Bardach plumbs his ordeal with honesty and compassion, affording a literary window into the soul of a Stalinist gulag survivor. Surviving Freedom is his moving account of how he rebuilt his life after tremendous hardship and personal loss. It is also a unique portrait of postwar Stalinist Moscow as seen through the eyes of a person who is both an insider and outsider. Bardach's journey from prisoner back to citizen and from labor camp to freedom is an inspiring tale of the universal human story of suffering and recovery.

"Deals with Bardach's transition from the Kolyma labour camp . . . to the 'freedom' of post-war Soviet society. It is a harrowing, but uplifting account."--"Jewish Chronicle"

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  • PDF | 300 pages
  • Janusz Bardach(Author)
  • University of California Press (23 May 2003)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biography

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  • By J Cooper on 28 October 2003

    This a sad account of a mans survival against all the odds in Stalins Gulag. Whilst not to deflect the impact of this book, I feel sad and gutted for the authors loss. I was left with questions, as to how he felt after surviving what he did. Only to find out he had lost everything that he had held so dear. Unfortunately Janusz Bardach's time has passed and I will never be able to ask him my questions, but I'm glad to have read his book. Sad, moving as it was, I can only admire how he lived his life to the full while everyone else around lives deteriorated into oblivion. A truly moving story.

  • By Kathleen S. Connor on 29 March 2014

    I loved this book a true story about a remarkable man who survived so many tragic challenges in his life yet lived to contribute so much to humanity thank you for sharing your story. I have recommended this book to many They all loved it.

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