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Crater's Edge: A family's epic journey through wartime Russia by [Giedroyc, Michal, Davies, Norman]
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."..it is a moving account of one of the many tragedies of the second world war." --"Financial Times "

..".it is a moving account of one of the many tragedies of the second world war." "Financial Times""

"""Run, don't walk, to the nearest book store and buy Crater's Edge. It will stay with you a long time, and remind you just how precious are life, family, freedom, and faith." "The Eagle""

About the Author

Born into an aristocratic family in what is today Belarus, and after an extraordinary 5 years of survival against the odds, Micha Giedroy built a successful post-war career as an international aircraft designer, industrial consultant, and finally settling in Oxford as an academic. He is married with 4 children who include entertainer Mel and BAFTA nominated director Coky.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3831 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1903071240
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GTXVQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This memoir is a refugee story. The author was ten or eleven (born 1929) years old when the second World War broke out. He recounts his Polish/Lithuanian family's experience at the hands of the Soviets, when his father was imprisoned and his mother, with the children, deported to Siberia - apparently nearly a million Poles were deported or imprisoned by Soviet Russia at this time. Through courage and work and chance and some improvisation, by themselves, and by others trying to help, some of the family were able - after a couple of years of subsistence, at the lowest level, in Siberia - to leave Stalin's USSR and come to the West. The tone of the book is restrained and balanced, there is not a shred of self-pity, but it is suffused with human feeling. The subject matter is very serious and often hard and always fascinating. Really worth reading.
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I bought this book by coming across it entirely by accident. What a find! I recommend this heart-warming and thrilling account of a young Pole's upbringing, exile and ultimate escape to freedom to anyone.
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“My mother began circling the perimeter of Słonim prison, hoping to catch a glimpse of her husband. Suddenly, in one of the prison windows, she saw his silhouette – a chance in a thousand. My father had just enough time to make the sign of the cross in her direction. She was then surrounded by an armed patrol, and taken inside . . . Later the news filtered out that my father paid for that glimpse of his wife with solitary confinement. It was to be his last sight of her.”

There are many searing moments like this one in CRATER'S EDGE, Michał Giedroyć’s extraordinary memoir of his childhood in Poland at the onset of World War II. There is a cinematic sweep to Giedroyć’s writing as Stalin’s reign of terror descends on his family: father imprisoned; mother, homeless with three children, then forced into exile in Siberia. Their eventual escape, a perilous journey thousands of miles to freedom, is nothing short of miraculous.

Giedroyć does a great service to remind readers of the “forgotten” war in the East and the tragedy which befell the Polish people. As a memoir, it could become a model. The reader is immersed quickly and easily into the author’s world, sharing the curiosity – and horror – of a 10-year-old who grows up much too fast.

Giedroyć’s father, Tadzio, descendant of royalty, was a military hero, senator, judge, and benevolent estate owner. His staunch patriotism made him a target when the Soviets invaded Poland. When Tadzio is arrested, Michał’s world turns upside down, as the family is forced into the streets. Soon they are part of a desperate mass deportation of hundreds of thousands to the East.

CRATER'S EDGE gets its title from the writer Melchior Wańkowicz’s apt description of life in wartime: “Grass shoots struggling on the edge of a crater.
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I bought this book hoping for an insight into the suffering of my parents and grandparents who were shipped out to Russia during the war from Poland. Indeed I lost my grandparents on my father's side in Siberia. Sadly the book falls short in recounting the experiences my father would never talk about. The book is more of a personal diary about one affluent family and there are even recommendations in the text for readers to skip some of family 'flashbacks'. I wish I had. Can someone recommend an alternative book?
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