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As far as my feet will carry me
on 26 January 2011
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 escape and find his way home.
I read "As far as my feet will carry me" soon after reading "The long walk" and found it disappointing in comparison to that book. Most of this book concentrates on the author's journey through Siberia and I would have liked much more about what happened to him between Siberia and western Europe.
There are many minor details mentioned in the book and I found it difficult to grasp how the author managed to remember so much after so long given his state of mind at the time and what he claimed to have gone through. As with the "The long walk" its authenticity has been challenged but as with the "The long walk" there is no sure way or knowing how much of it is true.
I found the book more difficult to read than the "The long walk" and not so involving and although there are some interesting passages I found it less stimulating and not so satisfying.