Slavomir Rawicz Message Board

david posts on 4/26/2010 1:07:15 AM The book "The long walk" was very educational, and I congradulate who ever wrote it because kept myself and many others glued to the pages because it described a world and time of life that none of us ever had to deal with, and we should be thankful for that. Being a decsendant of a family member forced to fight for Nazi germany I have great respect for any prisoner who had to survive conditions set forth in only the first chapters of this amazing book. Thank you for your time.
Joseph K posts on 4/15/2010 2:14:22 AM Wow, what a story. True or not I believe every word. And what a great grandaughter to defend you grandfather, Best JK
katy posts on 3/14/2010 5:05:23 PM i have read this book many times now, and it saddens me that people dispute ho or what happened, rather than reading it for the awful things all the prisoners had to go through in these camps. No matter who wrote it, read it and know that people actually went through those attrocities.

ifred posts on 3/5/2010 3:01:34 PM I just finished The Long Walk last night. I loved the whole book and took it for nonfiction. I looked for info on the Internet about the two "animals" described at the end of the book. I didn't realize that people were sceptical about the book. Remarkable, outstanding book! The only thing that struck me while reading was that he must've had quite a memory, because he never mentions keeping a journal.
Mats Lipowski posts on 2/28/2010 7:25:14 AM I have just finished reading The Long Walk (in Swedish it is published as A Flight from Stalins Concentration Camp). A powerful book but inconsistencies abound. One that particularly struck my eye is Rawicz's claim that they traversed the Gobi desert by day marches. It does not add up: the fluid economy of human body prohibits it. Marching by day they would have to perish. Glinski's version is more probable. I do not say it automatically makes Glinski truthful, but by his own words Rawicz proves himself a confabulator.
Onlooker posts on 1/29/2010 1:11:31 PM I dont think anyone has stolen anyone's identity.Claims and counter claims lead nowhere.Where is the evidence?
leonie glinski posts on 1/28/2010 6:46:05 PM In response to your reply... you are entitled to your own opinion.. based on purely your judgement..You are right the story was not stolen by Slavomir... but by an individual who worked for the telegraph who passed the records to Slavomir... again there is evidence and documentation for this unlike your opinion...The claim about the diary i have never heard.. and I agree it is not likely that my grandad would of given anything to a fraud, who may i say again.. that there is evidence stating he signed an agreement to be allowed out of a prison of war camp because he agreed to fight for the russians!! proving he did not escape!!! AS for waiting 50 odd years.... do you not think that just maybe if you had been through something so traumatic.. that you might just want to try to move on with a new chapter in your life... believe me this was not easy for my grandad.. unlike the simpleness of your patronising comments... also he would of still been classed as a prisoner of war.. to protect himself and the remainder of his family he's hardly going to tell the world!!..I have no problems with Slavomir writing a book... but stealing anothers identity is criminal... and as for your last comment about jumping on the band wagon.. you obviously did not read what i wrote in my last entry about respect for others... he will never ever want any financial benefit for what he went through... as he has far more dignity and value for others that some can only dream of!
Cwr posts on 1/28/2010 9:14:46 AM To Leonie Glinski May be your grand father has his own story to tell. But to claim this story to having been stolen by mr Rawicz is quite absurd. The following discrepencies occur to me. Firstly it has been claimed that mr Rawicz stole notes to this story from the Polish embassy,shortly after the end of the 2 world war and the onset of the cold war,I dont really think this would be at all possible! Next, it also been claimed that your grandfather gave his diary to mr Rawicz, again something i find very hard to believe. Why has he waited over 50 odd years after the book was published to make his claim to fame.aand to discredit a man who now cannot defend himself. You also stated that your grandfather has never recieved any financial gain from the story or the film! and neither should he, as he did not write the book! Maybe now as a film is about to be released he perhaps thinks he should try to jump on the band wagon with his doubtful claims.
V Keckler posts on 1/27/2010 5:43:04 PM Wow, that's amazing! I've just finished the book, The Long Walk, and I must say, I have no reason to believe that any of this book is made up. While is it very rare for anybody to survive in conditions like that, I do believe it's possible. These men had a fierce drive to live. I loved this book, and am going to recommend it to anyone who asks about it!
leonie glinski posts on 1/26/2010 5:38:55 PM well you wanted to know if the story of Witold Glinski was true.. well yes it is. He his my grandfather. There are piles of documentation compiled by a lady working for the american government.. documenting my grandad's capture and escape.. she had even interviewed the doctor that treated him in India when he was picked up by the British navy, where he was put into an induced coma for a month due to the severity of his condition....She was trying to locate "Mr Smith"... The reasons for not staying in contact or not remaining friends... are to me pretty obvious... if you were escaping the less you know about someone the better... the less you can tell if captured.... also my grandad described some of the individuals that escaped... they all came with a history.. and weren't necessarily the people that he would of wanted to associate with afterwards...The reason he didnt say anything before... not only because of the psychological aspects.. but to protect the remainder of the family... he managed to find them a few years ago, his sister has since visited england after 60 years of thinking he died in the prisoner of war camp... and this is the last thing i will say..all my grandad has ever wanted was for the true story to be told... the book is not fully correct in places... however my grandad has never receieved any financial gain from the story or the film that is due to come out.. he has always maintained it would be disrespectful to the people that lost their lives... So therefore he has no reason to lie.. He is an amazing man and deserves the up most admiration for what he went through!
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