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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom (1956)

by Slavomir Rawicz

Other authors: Ronald Downing (Ghostwriter)

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A fascinating and quick read. I had more questions than answers by the time I finished. I highly recommend. If it is true. other reviews suggest it ma not be. I will admit that the lack of collaboration is unusual if true. ( )
  vanjr | Oct 4, 2015 |
Skeptical of this story, unable to find any corroborating evidence of companions to verify story. ( )
  Amante | Oct 2, 2015 |
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz; (4 1/2*)

This book is the amazing and tragic personal account of a Polish Officer named Slavomir Rawicz. His story begins when he was a young cavalry officer in the Polish army.
He grew up near the Polish border. He was also fluent in Russian. When the Germans invaded Russia they became very suspicious of any non-Russian citizen that lived in Russia or spoke the language. They began to hunt for potential spies and traitors. The fact that Slav was fluent in Russian and that he was a Polish Officer made him an obvious target for the Soviet Secret Police.
He was taken for interrogation and held for several months. During that time he was forced to endure long torture sessions as well as starvation and sleep deprivation in an effort to get him to admit he was a spy. Through this he was sent to more than one interrogation facility and eventually convicted and sentenced to 25 years in a Russian labor camp in Siberia.
The trip there was long and very difficult. The prisoners travelled by train and by foot. Many of them died from starvation, cruel treatment and exposure. It was in the Siberian camp, months later, that he and six of his fellow prisoners hatched an escape plan.
Here is where the adventure begins. Their journey to freedom started in the Siberian winter. It continued on foot for nearly eighteen months over two thousand miles through some of the worst terrain and conditions on the planet. They stole farm animals and killed wild game for food. They made shelters for coverage from the elements. They also relied on the kind people they happened across. They moved through the farmlands and the outskirts of the small villages of southern Russia where they travelled at night for their safety. Their journey took them through the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China, where they pushed through intense heat, starvation, and dehydration. They journeyed over the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Nepal, enduring bitter temperatures and biting winds. They overcame oxygen deprivation.
Here they met helpful locals and finally entered India where they met the British army who took them in and deloused and fed them. Not all of them made it to the safety of British held India but all of them tried.
The story the author tells is both joyful and heartbreaking. It speaks of man's triumphant spirit. It is told in great detail and with great insight by the man who endured it himself.
Supposedly it is true though there are those who say: Nay, it is an impossibility for it to be true. Whichever.........it is a great book and one that is very difficult to put down. ( )
  rainpebble | Aug 10, 2015 |
There is quite a bit of information on Amazon, Wikipedia and other reliable sources that this escape never happened. There is nothing I dislike more than a "fake memoir". The ghost writing reporter who authored this book should be ashamed of himself. ( )
  LadyLo | Jan 19, 2015 |
A remarkable story of endurance and determination. In 1939 a young Polish soldier was imprisoned and transported to a slave labour camp in remote Siberia, along with thousands of others on trumped up charges. Some unexpected assistance enable a small group of men to escape and thus began their epic trek to freedom. ( )
  TheWasp | Aug 17, 2014 |
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It was about nine o'clock one bleak November day that the key rattled in the heavy lock of my cell in the Lubyanka Prison and the two broad-shouldered guards marched purposefully in.
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In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yukutsk-a camp where surviving hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their trek over thousands of miles by foot-out of Siberia and through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India-was a remarkable journey through some of the most inhospitable conditons on the face of the earth. (978-1-59921-975-2)
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Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history.

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Describes the four-thousand-mile journey across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas of seven men who escaped from a Siberian prison camp.

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