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Surviving Freedom: After the Gulag Kindle Edition

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"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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"Like Primo Levi's "The Truce, " "Surviving Freedom" is about the 'return' from agony and horror to numbed and groping normality. Bardach's 'normality' was postwar Moscow and Stalin's last Terror. This is an unforgettable book."Martin Amis
"I find "Surviving Freedom "a unique exploration of the identity that comes only after great suffering. Survivors of atrocities are confronted with the task of reconciling their past in order to build a new future. Bardach is one of the few to have written so eloquently about this transition."Simon Wiesenthal
"Bardach's account of his life in Stalin's postwar Moscow proves that trauma does not need to leave one bitter or broken. This memoir is an inspiration to anyone who has suffered and struggled to rebuild a life."Adam Hochschild, author of "King Leopold's Ghost "
"In this haunting book Bardach achieves his rightful place shoulder to shoulder with Primo Levi, Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and other literary witnesses of the holocaust of the twentieth century."Paul Goldberg, author of "The Thaw Generation ""

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3082 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (1 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BNZJ54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,474,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the second autobographical book that Janusz Bardach wrote, but, by his own admission, it was motivated by a very different impulse. In describing his experience of the GULag, although facing his own actions and reactions with typical unflinching honesty, his purpose was to record and bear witness to what he had seen and experienced. Although a very personal acount, the focus was not on himself, but on the horrors he had seen and endured.

In this second book, which he unfortunately did not live to see published, Bardach focuses on himself. A internationally renowned plastic surgeon, he certainly does not need to bolster his own ego, and this account is certainly not intended to flatter himself. Instead, he gives an uncompromising picture of himself 'warts and all'. The fact that one finishes reading his account filled with admiration for a remarkable man is simply a consequence of reading of all he achieved.

Bardach states quite clearly his purpose: having survived when people around him, who he considered better equipped than himself to do so, did not, he asked - why? What qualities did he possess that enabled him to survive? How did his experiences change him? His morality changed as he adapted to survive - did this make him a worse person?

His brother Julek, who had used his influence to obtain Janusz' early release (he still had six years of his sentence to serve), then arrange for him to be lodged in the guest suite of the Polish embassy. Subsequently, he is invited to stay with Julek and his new family (both brothers' wives were killed by the Germans during the War); he asks Julek why he could not have stayed with his family from the start? The response was simple: "I did not know what kind of man you had become.
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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.
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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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