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5.0 out of 5 stars Shallow graves but deep emotions!
Whilst the accounts of the horrors of the gulags are now well documented this book brings a real sense of emotion to the facts. Just when the reader is convinced of the absolute brutality of the Russian people the description of the peasant couple, who selflessly endanger their freedom to help Krupa gain his, makes you think again! It really is a book to be read in one...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read one, read them all
If you haven't read similar books you may enjoy this one. I found it boring as it is no different to lots of others of a similar elk, apart from the fact that I found I simply did not believe some of the things which (so say) happened.
Published on 1 May 2012 by Avid reader


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, 26 April 2012
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Once I picked this book up I had difficulty putting it down. It really exposes the cruelty of Stalins Soviet regime. It made me think how would I have coped in this situation. There is kindness as well as sadistic cruelty which lightens the mood. A gripping read and an amazing story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World War II Classic, 17 April 2012
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D. Lawson (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. UK) - See all my reviews
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Shallow Graves in Siberia by Michael Krupa should be in every school's library shelves under the World War II and history section. It should also be in the great escape sections too. Krupa is now 97 years old, he truly has lived to tell his unusual life story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars endurance and escape, 13 Aug 2011
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Bryan Odriscoll "brian boru" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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We can all be thankful to Solzhenitsyn for his seminal work detailing the realities of the Gulag, and especially in naming the monsters who created this system. Despite an unending barrage of tear-jerking propaganda about the alleged evil of the Nazis, there is still relatively little work about the truly monstrous Soviet system. This system was responsible for the deaths of countless millions of innocents who mostly died slowly in utter misery. It was a system which was designed to kill them in this way and at the same time produce a profit. One is struck by how mild the German occupation of Poland was in 1939 in comparison to that of the Soviet occupation in the east of the country. The vast majority of Polish officers captured by the Germans survived the war while the vast majority of Polish officers captured by the Soviets were murdered. In the chaos of the war the author lost contact with his family. Like most Poles he was unaware of the nature of the Soviet system and crossed from German territory to the communist side in search of them and was swallowed by the voracious monster. Through luck, intelligence and will power he survived the worst system in history ever devised and made his escape. Before blaming them one should understand that by 1939 the Russian people had experienced a reign of terror for twenty years unlike any in history. Only the worst types thrived in that environment, as described in Krupa's trials in Lubyanka and the slave camp. Krupa relates how he was helped even then by ordinary Russians at great risk to themselves. I will not describe the details of his escape to Afghanistan except to say that it gives an interesting insight to life in the Soviet Union at that time that we rarely hear about in the west. The book is well edited and reads almost like a novel. It is an inspiring tale of how the human spirit can sometimes prevail over the most appalling conditions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping, 21 May 2008
this is a tale of survival of extremes with out doubt a momumental tale worth telling
a sad enough epilogue but a real winner
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!, 6 May 2003
Michael Krupa is indeed a remarkable man. Escaping from the Jesuit monestry, tortured in Lubianka Prison, Escaping Siberian Concentration camp, survived wolves attack, shot through the neck and left for dead and much, much, more, he still lives to tell the tale at the grand old age of 88!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excerlent! One mans moving story of suvival in wwII, 3 Dec 2000
Not may survived the Russian Siberian Consentration camps of the second world war, but this man did. Haveing met the author, seen the bullet hole scars, and heared of the night mare's he had for 55 years untill he wrote this story I was compelled to get this book. Once I started, I could not put it down. His story is a testement to all who did not make it! He captur's death as you will never have seen it befor, the last words of the brave, which he and he alone can recall for all the world to here. A moving true story of one mans battel for survial and escape. D Manning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plucky and lucky, 20 Jun 2014
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What a story this man has to tell. Torn from his home and family during the war and subjected to incredible hardship in Russia. The chances of him surviving at every turn were close to zero but with his own common sense and miraculous luck he survived to live a long life and have a family in England. I hope he was not haunted too much by all his near-misses. An exciting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Jun 2014
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Excellent read, hard to put down. Inspiring, touching & very well told story of one man's determination for survival throughout cruel times of WWII.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping true story of human strength., 20 May 2014
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If you ever doubt that freedom is worth fighting for read this book. A compelling read that is hard to put down and will stay with you for some time after reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very tough story, a very tough man, 19 May 2014
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Absolutely gripping, a brilliant thriller if it was fiction, being non fiction makes the reading all the more can't put downable. Respect to all the men women and children that suffered under the Soviet hammer and survived the horrors.
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