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5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing true story...Ever!!!
Sure, this book is written in the style of a novell, but Josef Martin Bauer wrote it from tapes that the "Real Clemens Forell" recorded on magnetic tape.
The real Clemens Forell was a man called Cornelius Rost. Other than the book and the film his own Life had not such a happy end. Both the Publisher, Franz Ehrenwirth, who first met Cornelius Rost and the writer...
Published on 5 Jan 2010 by Rasmus K. Weinhardt

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3.0 out of 5 stars As far as my feet will carry me
During the Russian campaign many Germans were captured by the Russians between 1941 and 1945 and many were imprisoned in camps in Siberia. Conditions in the camps were harsh and the treatment of prisoners was cruel (as was the treatment of Russian prisoners of war) and not many survived to return to Germany after the war. This is the story of one of the few Germans to...
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by David Rowland


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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing escape, 30 July 2011
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Bryan Odriscoll "brian boru" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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There are many books relating escapes by Allied prisoners from German captivity during WW2 but very few relating escapes by Germans. While this book does not relate a war time escape it is, nevertheless, one of the most amazing escape stories I have ever read. Celmens Forell was called up for military service in 1935 and in time volunteered for a paratroop regiment. He was involved in many combat events until he was asigned to a select group who were parachuted behind the Ural mountains during the struggle against the Soviets. His unit was almost wiped out and in 1945, after a period in the notorious Lubyanka prison in Moscow, he was sentenced to twenty five years in the GULAG. He, and the group of German POWs he was with, were sent to the far eastern cape on the Bering Sea where they were worked in a lead mine. The chances for survival were low so Forell, with the help of some of his comrades, made preparations for escape. His first attempt failed and he was severely punished but in October 1949 he was ready to try again and set out as the Siberian winter was beginning, correctly believing that the Soviet guards would be less able to search for him and would probably believe that he would not survive anyway. Forell was obviously a man of rare physical strength, but more importantly, of immense internal strength. To survive almost entirely alone for so long in such a vast and difficult environment and keep going until he succeeded required a man of exceptional ability and resource. I will not relate his various travails but it is an absorbing tale. He eventually crossed the border into Iran in November 1952 and arrived home a month later. There were, no doubt, other Axis soldiers who managed to escape from the Soviets but this is one of the few that I have read about. I strongly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first stages of this book is brilliant - the journey to the camp and Forrel's time ..., 4 July 2014
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The first stages of this book is brilliant - the journey to the camp and Forrel's time inside. After that, it can become a bit slow. The trek across Siberia is good, but a bit lifeless. It picks up again with Forrel meeting the trappers, but tails off again. As for the ending, it is incredibly sudden and rushed.

Otherwise, a decent book. Lacks detail in places but a great tale of human endurance.

P.S: It is best to read this ignoring the rumours that the story is fabricated. Whether it is or not, I do not know, but it makes a great story all the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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Still to read but friend enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting tale, 13 May 2014
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This book kept my interest throughout. Well writen and descriptive of the situations and places and people. A good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story but..., 4 May 2014
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An incredible story of survival yet I was not as entranced with this book as I thought I would be, and wanted to be. It was a little dry and a little bit too much of the same thing over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 23 April 2014
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So interesting and informative this courageous man tells his story of his bid for freedom. The determination he shows to overcome against all odds leaves me in awe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and inspiring, 21 April 2014
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What an amazing, inspiring book. Fascinating insights into Siberia, the Tundra, Steppe... and some of the indigenous populations. Definitely recommend it. 100%.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, 26 Mar 2014
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It is incredible that someone could carry out this journey to freedom from the prisoner of war camp in Siberia, having been faced with so many obstacles. Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgetable Life Story, 24 Mar 2014
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Most interesting and a sad 'true'story.... It really captured my imagination, and I just couldn't put the book down.
How this person survived is most unbelievable and hat privelage it has been to have read his story...
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