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Suggested Reading

  • Garri S. Urban: Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead

    Garri S. Urban: Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
    This is the true and striking story by a Jewish doctor of his struggle for survival when caught in 1939 between the evils of Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia. After facing death from frontier patrols, a firing squad and torture, Urban arrives at a position of considerable power in Soviet society in a medical post. He risks his life again, fighting epidemics. These fascinating memoirs give a very rare glimpse of the Soviet Union in wartime, particularly into the exotic life of the Moiscow elite, where beautiful women, diplomats and spies mingled at parties and sex was used as a method of recruiting agents. Compassionate to the sick, defiant to authority, Garri S Urban courageously insisted on his own way, even in the face of death. He tells his remarkable tale as boldly as he lived it.

  • Ruth Kluger: Landscape of Memory - a Holocaust Girlhood Remembered

    Ruth Kluger: Landscape of Memory - a Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
    Ruth Kluger is one of the child-survivors of the Holocaust. In 1942 at the age of 11, she was deported to the Nazi "family camp" Theresienstadt with her mother. They would move to two other camps before the war ended. This book is the story of Ruth's life. Of a childhood spent in the nazi camps and her refusal to forget the past as an adult in America. Not erasing a single detail, not even the inconvienient ones, she writes frankly about the troubled relationship with her mother even through their years of internment and her determination not to forgive and absolve the past.

  • Sir Martin Gilbert: The Holocaust

    Sir Martin Gilbert: The Holocaust
    A very thorough account of the experience of the Jews of Europe during World War II. This title gives a virtual day-by-day account, in men and women's own words, of the horrifying events of the Holocaust - the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish race.

  • Anne Applebaum: Gulag

    Anne Applebaum: Gulag
    The Pulitzer Prize winning narrative of the origins and development of the Soviet concentration camps. Based on archives, interviews and new research the book explains the role that the camps played in the Soviet political and economic system.

  • Jean-Francois  Steiner: Treblinka

    Jean-Francois Steiner: Treblinka

  • Richard Overy: Russia's War

    Richard Overy: Russia's War
    The astounding events of 1941-45 in which the Soviet Union, after initial catastrophes, destroyed Hitler's Third Reich and shaped European history for the next fifty years.

  • Willy Peter Reese: A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944

    Willy Peter Reese: A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944
    The haunting memoir of a young German soldier on the Russian front during World War II. Willy Peter Reese was only twenty years old when he found himself marching through Russia with orders to take no prisoners. Three years later he was dead.

  • Slavomir Rawicz: The Long Walk

    Slavomir Rawicz: The Long Walk
    The story of a young Polish cavalry officer who was arrested by the Russians, tortured and sentenced to 25 years forced labour. His escape and journey across the Gobi desert to Tibet and freedom.

  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941

    Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941
    Sunday Times review - ‘a wide-ranging and excellent account...Braithwaite never shirks the terrible truths

Anne Applebaum

  • Anne Applebaum
    Anne Applebaum made a key contribution the documentary of Garri Urban's life. Her website documents her work on the legacy of communism contains extracts from her Pulitzer Prize book - GULAG: A History

Sir Martin Gilbert

  • Sir Martin Gilbert
    Sir Martin Gilbert is considered by many to be among the leading historians of the modern world. His website contains a wealth of information about his work, and also provides links to his most recent thoughts and writings.

Suggested Films

  • Schindlers List
    The 2004 release telling the true stroy of Schindlers attempts to save Jewish workers from the horrors of the German camps....
  • The Story Of The Gulag Runaway
    In Stalinist Russia, Chabua Amiredjibi endured years of imprisonment, backbreaking punishment, horrific torture, and two death sentences. But his broken life and ill health did not kill his hope of gaining freedom. In all, he managed six escapes from Stalin's Gulag Camps. He stood up, fought and survived.

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