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  • ISBN 1903071240
  • ISBN13 978-1903071243
  • Language English
  • Author Michal Giedroyc,Norman Davies
  • Publisher Bene Factum Publishing (May 1, 2010)
  • Pages 200
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  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1646 kb
  • Size Fb2 1956 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 769

In September 1939, as a 10 year-old boy, Michal Giedroyc watched the Russian security police seize his home in Eastern Poland. His father, a senator and judge, was imprisoned while his mother, with Michal and his two sisters, were left on the streets of the local town to fend for themselves. Later they were transported in cattle trucks to the wastes of Soviet Siberia, with hundreds of thousands of other deportees. "Here, by the will of the rulers of the Soviet Empire, we were to toil and die." Eighteen months of deprivation and hunger on a collective farm brought them to the brink of extinction. Exhausted, half starved, and ill, Michal's mother and her children set off on a second grueling journey that would take them across Central Asia to Persia, the Middle East, and finally England. In one dramatic incident their survival hinged remarkably on the just two simple objects—a potato and a penknife.

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PDF On Jan 1, 2010, Ewa Thompson and others published Crater’s Edge: A Family’s Epic Journey through Wartime Russia, by Michał Giedroyć.

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Books : Crater's Edge (Hardcover) In September 1939, as a 10 year-old boy, Michal Giedroyc watched the Russian security police seize his home in Eastern Poland. His father, a senator and judge, was imprisoned while his mother, with Michal and his two sisters, were left on the streets of the local town to fend for themselves. Later they were transported in cattle trucks to the wastes of Soviet Siberia, with hundreds of thousands of other deportees.

Book Overview His father, a senator and judge, was imprisoned while his mother, with Michal and hi. .

book by Michał Giedroyć. A remarkable true story of survival during World War II, eloquently told, sparkling with moments of humor and optimism that shine all the brighter for the surrounding darkness In September 1939, as a 10-year-old boy, Michal Giedroyc watched the Russian security police seize his home in Eastern Poland.

Crater's Edge : A Family's Epic Journey Through Wartime Russia. By (author) Michal Giedroyc.

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Items related to Crater's Edge: A Family's Epic Journey Through. Michal Giedroyc Crater's Edge: A Family's Epic Journey Through Wartime Russia. ISBN 13: 9781903071564. Norman Davies is a prominent historian whose books include Europe: A History, No Simple Victory, and Vanished Kingdoms.

With his mother (something of a heroine in this memoir) and two sisters, he was deported to a collective farm in Siberia, where they were badly maltreated. In 1941 he and his mother were forced to travel to Persia, Iraq and Palestine. In the end, he escaped to England.

A family's epic journey through wartime Russia. Russians in 1941 take over Michael Giedroyc's family estate. He and his mother and sister's survival and escape. Biography & Autobiography Military Nonfiction.

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Eayaroler
A most boring book. The narrator tells too much info about his parents, and their parents and their parents, etc. After a while I couldn't keep it straight and I couldn't care less. I was more interested about his own personal life and how he managed to survive.
Bluddefender
“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.” Enduring deprivation, maltreatment, and humilation, the Giedroyć unit survives, thanks largely to Michał’s mother, Ania. She emerges as one of the great heroic women of her age, sustained by faith but also an ingenuity and cleverness that wins the daily battle of life.

One can spot the finger of God throughout this memoir. Out of nowhere, with hope all but gone, a stranger will appear, with food, transportation, or, in one amazing instance, a simple potato. Fleeing Siberia, Ania and her children come to a crossroads, lacking the necessary papers to board a crucial train. A Polish sargeant in a British uniform offers his assistance, carving the impression of an official transit stamp out of a potato. It worked. “We missed several heartbeats at every check, but the potato stamp created by our guardian angel in battledress passed the test every time,” Giedroyć recalls.

In 1938, one year before the war, Ania gave Michał a prayer book on his First Holy Communion. Inside, she wrote, “May this little book always remind you that he who remembers God, and prays fervently, never strays.” The book, like the author, survived, thanks to God – and his remarkable mother.

Read CRATER'S EDGE. It will stay with you a long time, and remind you just how precious are life, family, freedom, and Faith.