Urszula was a gifted writer, whether she knew it or not, and by that I mean she knew what to put in and what to leave out, and with descriptions that leave the reader in a state of amazement and admiration. ... If books are important, this is one of the most important. To have lost it would have been a tragedy. Robert Daley best-selling American writer.
The Long Bridge is a wonderful book, much more than another retelling of the horrors of the gulag. It is, of course, a historical document, but it is also a psychological study, a development of a philosophy, and an inspiration. I recommend it highly. Irene Tomaszewski Polish/Canadian writer, recipient of the Lech Walesa Media Award 2011.
The book is an absolute gem...not only for telling the story of what went on in Stalin s Russia but also and primarily for showing how Urszula coped with it all. And not only coped with it but seemed to have come out of it with true wisdom and spiritual insight...most inspiring, enlightening and uplifting! Hugh Nowlan - teacher.
The Long Bridge is a wonderful, and dreadful, insight into conditions in the gulag. And what an inspiring and beautiful character your grandmother was. I hope she becomes as well known as Anne Frank. Sister Maria Edith, diocesan hermit of the diocese of Argyll and the Isles.
It is an extraordinary story. Somehow Urszula makes it positive with her descriptions of the continual acts of kindness that made camp life bearable and her vivid picture of the landscapes and skies. Lokeshvara chairman Padmaloka Buddhist Centre.
Over the years I've assessed quite a few memoirs in manuscript by elderly European émigrés who survived the Second World War. Naturally, I can't remember them all, but I'm pretty sure that this one is the best I've ever read - in many ways the most informative, the most gripping, the most harrowing, the most poignant and the best written. Robert Lambolle literary editor.
The Long Bridge is the story of a woman of great courage and determination, in an exceptionally eloquent account of extreme hardship and hope. It speaks to the profound and ongoing relevance of human rights. Indeed, eight years after Urszula Muskus arbitrary arrest, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted as nations tried to avert any recurrence of the atrocities of the Second World War. The UDHR was the first document to agree common terms for what we know to be right and just and is the bedrock of Amnesty International. Yet it was to be fully another eight years before Urszula was released. Sadly, it remains the case that where wars erupt, suffering and hardship invariably follow. Conflict is the breeding ground for mass violations of human rights including unlawful killings, torture, forced displacement and starvation. Urszula witnessed or experienced all of these, and yet one of the most striking and moving aspects of The Long Bridge is its revelawyerlation of an indomitable human spirit. As she says, oppression cannot imprison thought. --Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK --Various