LONG WALK FROM STALIN'S GULAG
"Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939
during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag.
In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American.
Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom..."
Over the Christmas holidays we went on a long road trip and, as usual, went to the library beforehand to stock-up on booktapes to listen to along the way.
While there I bumped into a friend who said she'd gone on a trip last year and listened to THE LONG WALK, a true story about a prisoner who escapes from the Soviet Gulag and walks all the way from Siberia to India. She knew, from my telling her about "1984" all these years, that Orwell had modelled much of it on Russia under Stalin, and was sure I'd enjoy it.
I said it sounded like perfect listening material for THE LONG DRIVE through slippery, snowy Canadian mountains and frozen, windblown prairie. We'd be warm and cozy in the car, but during the ten-hour drive we'd be just inches away from Siberia-like conditions, and easily able to imagine ourselves in the same situation (or at least greatly empathize).
It wasn't on the shelf at that branch, but the computer showed a copy available at the main library and - to make a long story short - no sooner were we on the outskirts of town the following day than it was popped into the machine and kept us transfixed through 8 CDs and 800 kilometers.
Since coming home from THE LONG DRIVE I've been intending to recommend THE LONG WALK to readers. Now - with recent news stories about American POWs in North Korea; and a story about Orwell saying he wrote ANIMAL FARM to expose Stalin's barbarism, concentration camps, mass deportations, arrests without trial, press censorship etc - I'm motivated to talk about it now. See ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM PREFACE & LIVE POWS WEST ABANDONED & GULAG'S HAUNTING LEGACY & CHINA'S TORTURED DISSIDENTS & LAOGAI IS CHINESE GULAG
It's been my observation that the vast majority of Canadians, Americans, Brits and Australians know almost nothing about Stalin and Mao and their Russian Gulags and Chinese Laogais. Listening to THE LONG WALK will give some insight into what it was like for innocent people to be denounced, arrested, imprisoned, interrogated, tortured, tried, convicted and then transported to slave labour camps in Siberia. ~ Jackie Jura
20.Thought Police & Snitches & 38.Cellars & 39.Interrogation & Torture & 6.Super-States & 7.Systems of Thought & 10.Rulers & 35.BB Brotherhood
USA forgets oath when forgetting POWs (left to rot in China-Russia slave labour camps). Spokane Examiner, Jan 17, 2020
MCCARTHY ON CHINA & NORTH KOREA & CHICOM HATES FREE TAIWAN
MCCARTHY DEMAND CHINA FREE POWS
New Year for POWs yesterday into tomorrow (politicians choose to ignore these men). SpokaneExaminer, Jan 7, 2010
PRESUME POWS ALIVE NOT DEAD
LIVE POWS WEST ABANDONED
Ukranian Sevcenko dies: translated Animal Farm (wrote letter to Orwell asking permission). NewYorkTimes, Jan 5, 2010
ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM PREFACE (said he wrote it to expose Stalin's barbarism; concentration camps, mass deportations, arrest without trial, press censorship etc)
Orwell paid for Russian-language edition of Animal Farm (intended for readers behind Iron Curtain)
CHINA'S TORTURED DISSIDENTS
CHINA IS SANTA'S SWEATSHOP
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION READING
MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY
MASSIVE MAO MOUNTS TIBET
ORWELL REVIEWS ZAMYATIN'S "WE"
SELLING ROPE TO HANG US
CHINA'S SLAVE WORKERS
LAOGAI IS CHINESE GULAG
UNLCE SAM SAYS POW DESERTED
POWs & MIAs BETRAYED BY KERRY
GULAG BONES UNCOVERED
CANADA FORCED LABOUR CAMPS?
COMMUNISM'S TRUE BELIEVERS
MY JOURNEY THROUGH FAMINE STRICKEN RUSSIA, 1933
EXPERIENCES IN RUSSIA, 1931, A DIARY
SOVIET UNION FAMINE EXPOSURE, 1930-1933
NO ESCAPE FOR GULAG PRISONERS
COZY DAYS IN STALIN'S KREMLIN
SOVIET GULAG'S HAUNTING LEGACY
RUSSIA IS HELL'S INFERNO
ASSIGNMENT IN STALIN UTOPIA
STALIN'S LIAR IN NEW YORK
ORWELL'S "CRYPTO-COMMIE" LIST
COMMUNIST CRIMES EXPOSED
SOLZENITSYN WORDS OF WARNING TO WESTERN WORLD
LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISTS
STALIN: KOBA THE DREAD II
STALIN: KOBA THE DREAD I
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