A World Apart

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Concentration camps - 262 pages
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"In 1940, Gustav Herling fell into Soviet hands while attempting to join the Polish army in France, and was sent to Yercevo camp in northern Russia. Written years before Solzhenitsyn's exposes of Russian prison camps, A World Apart (1951) is Herling's memoir of two years in a 'house of the dead' - a witness to the horrors inflicted upon millions of people across the gulag system, slowly dying of hard labour and starvation in the Arctic cold." "He depicts the dehumanizing effects of the camp on his fellow inmates, yearning for liberty yet unable to imagine freedom. But he also describes small glimpses of beauty - even if just the sight of a star-filled sky at night - and the strong friendships that offer hope beyond the desperate reality of life in the gulag."--BOOK JACKET.

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