Slavomir Rawicz Message Board

sunshine posts on 3/23/2012 3:31:04 PM i am reading his book again this week, I first read it back in 2003, i remember it well as i was feeling sorry for myself cos i was quite poorly, unable to move and 5 weeks so many others it made a lasting impression on me, and i was immediately compelled to find this mans address and write to him, just to let him know how this book had really touched me...... i never expected a reply, i couldn;t even be sure i had the correct address, but about six months later i got a letter back from him, i have put the letter in such a safe place that i cant find it just now,(but i know its inside one of my books so it will turn up!) but i remember him saying he still gets letters, spoke about Derbyshire (where he was living) and how he became a carpenter and was just an old guy who sometimes spoke to kids about his past...he even included little drawings of the "yeti" he was still claiming he saw. i'm so glad i wrote to him as this was just a year before he passed away. now almost 10 years on since i first read the book, i see so much speculation about his story, but you know, i really dont care, because the speculation cant spoil the way that book made me feel when i was reading it:)
Sybirak1940 posts on 2/10/2012 10:00:34 AM As the subject of Slavomir Rawicz is concerned with Polish matters, it may also be of interest to know that to-day, the 10 February, is the 72-nd anniversary of the first extensive wave of forced exiles of the Polish citizens into Siberia. Although Rawicz did not belong to that group, hundreds of thousands of others did, and unfortunately not many managed to survive those years. That's why we should care what is said of those days, and try to represent truthfully events that took place.
Sybirak1940 posts on 2/8/2012 6:40:45 PM Sybirak1940 was in exile with Witold Glinski from February 1940 till September 1941 at Kriesty in Arkhagel Province in Russia. All archives confirm the above dates. The claim that Glinski could have escaped from 5000km away to the east gulag in February 1941 is totally unrealistic. Also archives state that he joined Polish Army in Russia on the 7th March 1942, and has left Russia on the 1st April 1942. There is a considerable amount on this subject on Internet, however, it is of necessity in Polish language because it should be of more interest, for various reasons, to Poland.

Anonymous posts on 1/24/2012 8:34:47 AM I too read this book when in my early teens.Years later I found a battered copy in a bookshop and gave it to my son who was then in HIS teens. Across the generation between us we found a common love for simple story of courage and compassion..whether true or not.and I believe it to be is inspiring me again as I re-read it at age in peace everyone
Jerry B Maine posts on 9/20/2011 5:53:52 AM Whether the story is true or not, one can truly imagine that this kind of story surely has happened to someone who had the will & determination to escape such labor camps. One can become accustomed to cold/heat through sheer willpower. However, the human body can take only so much....Kristina was the weaker of the group. I do believe that such a "journey" is possible, & has probably been attempted. I know I would, had I been in the same circumstances as these brave people just wanting simple freedom. The book "may" not be true...but the main truth is.....that the Russian labor camps "ARE" there! Why these Russians can be so cruel and inhumane, is beyond my comprehension.
hamala posts on 7/29/2011 6:11:32 AM I'm not sure what to think about Rawicz's book. The storyline is dead simple, comparing to some other gu³ag memories like "another world" (Herling-Grudziñski) or "one day in the life of Ivan Denisowicz". But it doesn't mean the story is not true. It can be the actual author's - Downing or what - fault. And there is one crazy thing I can't understand. Some people say that the story didn't happen. And what is their evidence against Rawicz? The documents from Russia and Belarus. The little problem is, that these 2 countries have quite a subjective vision of the history, world war II and Iron Curtain, and Poland. It strikes me often, how naive the people are. Open your eyes and start to think, my dear people. I'd rather believe in Yeti than any historical "evidence" from USSR.
Sinkplunger posts on 5/27/2011 3:14:07 PM Rawicz doesn't look or sound like the sort or person who would or could connive being party to an untrue book, if you follow me. I don't think he was the sort of person who could make it all up neither do I think he would allow his name to be put to anything not true.
grandmac posts on 3/1/2011 4:34:44 PM I read The Long Walk when I was 12 and have never forgotten it. (am now 67!) I wish I had written to Slavomir Rawicz and told him what an impression it made on me. I have seen the film and have re-read the book. It is still a good read whether true or not. I wish I knew what happened to his companions after the war. Does anyone know?
Nathan Griest posts on 2/10/2011 11:46:29 AM Jordan is screwed up. I'm sitting here next to him, and all he does is preach about baptism. In my own mind, he's wrong about all he has to say. What do you guys think?
Karl posts on 2/4/2011 11:57:12 AM I could not agree more Peter Weir and co really shot themselves in the foot this time. What connection the film has with The Long Walk i fail to see, totally different tale alltogether. True story or not The Long Walk would have been a box office hit had it been made with sympathy and not just a quick almost made for tv drama. What a shame.
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