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- DescriptionFragments describes the experiences of a mother and son during the first three years of World War II. In Poland, eleven-year-old Heniu (a nickname for Henry) and his mother Rena face news of the impending German advance. They leave their comfortable apartment hoping to find safety with relatives, but instead join masses of displaced refugees fleeing eastward from the advancing German armies. At the eastern frontier, w under Soviet occupation, they are arrested along with others and sent to the Siberian camp, unwitting participants in Stalinist Russia's attempt to populate Siberia with civilians. Isolated from both the war and civilization, they lead a spare existence, marked by the fierceness of the Siberian taiga, the whims of their Russian hosts, the competitiveness of fellow inmates, and sometimes, by life-sustaining windfalls. Along the way the boy Heniu observes human degradation and bility, even happening upon his life's vocation. He provides detailed observations of human behavior at every stage, capturing unvarnished personalities and quirks, conveying an unusual story about a part of history that most are unfamiliar with.
- Author BiographyHenry Fast was born in Bochnia, Poland. Events of WWII took Henry and his mother through many hardships, including imprisonment in an Eastern Siberian camp. Later the author continued his education in the USSR and Poland. With a doctoral degree he has held faculty positions in Polish and US universities, and has published a number of research papers in mathematics.
- Author(s)Henry Fast
- PublisherRobert D. Reed Publishers
- Date of Publication01/06/2007
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationSan Francisco
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRobert D. Reed Publishers
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight498 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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