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White Nights: The Story of a Prisoner in Russia [Paperback]

Menachem Begin , K. Kaplan
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications; New edition edition (July 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708814271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708814277
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Oct 2014
By Flavio
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Awesome book. One of the best prison literature - my opinion - ever wtitten.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "Crime" of Zionism Lands This Betar Leader in Siberia 17 Dec 2012
By Jan Peczkis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Menachem Begin found himself in Soviet-occupied Lithuania in 1940, several months after the German-Soviet conquest of Poland that began WWII. He found himself "invited" by the NKVD. This unwelcome encounter pitted Jew against Jew. Begin had been betrayed by Jewish informers (p. 27), and his NKVD interrogator identified himself as a Jew. (p. 29).

During the interrogation, Begin noted that, in his youth, he had first been a member of Shomer Hatsair [Hashomer Hatzair], which he identified as a pro-Soviet Zionist party. (p. 53). Later, Begin switched to the Betar.

The NKVD interrogator spilled out a torrent of harangues derived from Communist ideology: Zionism was a tool of the capitalists and the British. Zionist organizations siphoned Jews off from the real struggle, which was class warfare. Etc. Etc.

Begin tried to respond rationally to the accusations, to no avail. Zionism was a liberation movement among the Jewish people, not a tool of the capitalists or the British. In fact, Zionism had existed for many centuries--long predating capitalism, the bourgeoisie, etc. (p. 64).

The author was dispatched to the Pechora area of Siberia. In time, word came about the "amnesty" offered to Poles following the Nazi German attack on their erstwhile Soviet ally. Begin found a spot in a very overcrowded ship. He eventually travelled on land across southern Russia. He claims that the Anders Army did not want Jews at all (not true), and glosses over the desertion of Jews in Anders Army in Palestine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big mistake. 7 Oct 2013
By Richard Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It seems the people who sent the book didn't look inside. It was perfect except for pages 41 to 65 that had been torn out in the middle - that is right down the middle of the page! It would probably be a good idea to peek inside before sending it. I ordered a new copy for one cent because I figured it was easier than sending it back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 17 Aug 2012
By A. Biancalana - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this is an old book, and the pages on this paperback have yellowed, I enjoyed it.
It is written in easily understood langusge. I would recommend it to any history buff.
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