By Alexander Dolinin
I'm an advid reader of all books in regards to the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not lower the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp was once like a reduce and paste from Wikipedia. that allows you to learn the easiest books, test David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This ebook is simply too educational in all its verbiage.
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But,” Ganin continued, “the doctor never refuses me. I can ask him to take care of you. But of course, before we approach him,” Ganin emphasized, “you must have a gift to offer him. Nothing out of the ordinary—a sweater, or some boots. ” “In that case there’s no hope for me,” Trofimov sighed. ” The old man’s voice was stern. “I don’t get parcels either. I’ll talk to the doctor, and hopefully he’ll help you. ” inquired Bondarenko. “Sounds like it,” Trofimov said. ” “You’re right, it’s suspicious that he approached you.
In the early 1920s the Soviet government allowed his wife and children out of Russia to join him. At first they lived in poverty, but he obtained work as a physician in a Paris hospital and later moved to Vienna. Life seemed to return to normal. In Vienna he was caught up in the Nazi occupation and the new war. It did not greatly alter his position. He was not a Jew or a communist, not even a socialist, and physicians became even more valuable during the war. So he maintained his position in the hospital.
He was as good a soldier as most others, and certainly no coward. Throughout the war he clung to the hope that this was a temporary upheaval, and that as soon as the war ended, everything would resume the way it was before. That is, if he did not get killed, or his family did not fall into Nazi hands. The latter was highly improbable, since they were evacuated to Central Asia, where German troops were hardly likely to reach. Nor were the Germans in a position to win the war: there were too many countries united against them.