posts on 12/18/2010 2:50:54 AM
I was shocked to find all this controversy about the book and whoses story it really is. I have met Slav twice in the 1980's when he spoke to the children at my school. he seems a qenuine, rather shy man, nervously undoing and redoing the buttons on his jacket. He had little time for the Russians and basically said he would never trust them. When questioned about the Yeti, he never refered to them in those terms, always as creatures. I spoke to him later about someone making a film of the story. He said the rights to the film had been sold, but he was fearful that Hollywood would change the role of the girl and make it romantic in some way. Whether or not he did do the walk, he seemed to want to be true to the characters in it. Is another book planned by Mr Glinski? has anyone tracked down the people mentioned in Confused and astounded's comments?
posts on 12/11/2010 8:27:44 AM
I wondered how long it would be until the topic of financial gain came into the discussion.
People are very quick to judge forgetting all the good honest work that Mr Rawicz did for charity donating nearly all the proceeds from the book. True or not and i believe it to be true Mr Rawicz is not around to defend himself.
This allows the media and the public to focus their efforts around individuals with claims of their own.
As for concrete evidence against Rawicz there is none, only 1 piece of paper that supposedly bears his signature from a time when corruption and forgery were common place.
posts on 11/16/2010 6:27:53 AM
To Leonie Glinski. I am sorry for you and your need to defend your grandpa from something that is so obvious what happened. Many people on this forum according to me do not understand that some people like your grandpa, simply do not want to share their story cause they want to forget, and this is their private story to which they have a rights not to share with a public. I can realize how traumatic it was for your grandpa to learn that his story could be used by a stranger for his own reasons. It is not correct to state that it doesn't matter who wrote the book(as some persons claim in this forum)but what the book contains. This is like to say that it doesn't matter that Henryk Grudzinski, Salamov,or Bardach who wrote their stories would be earlier replaced by someone else, claiming their lives. To claim somebody else life is an awful thing to do. I can't imagine that.
posts on 11/13/2010 8:15:37 PM
Both Polish and Soviet records show that Rawicz was released from Soviet camps after a Polish-Soviet agreement was signed. Thousands of Poles left the camps and made their way to Iran. This is very likely how Rawicz got out of the USSR.
I understand Rawicz to have claimed he returned to the USSR after his escape to join the Anders' army that was being formed, and that's how he got to Iran and Palestine.
Hard to place any credence in that story.
Why would he take such a risk?
posts on 10/13/2010 10:20:29 AM
Very interesting!!But hardly surprising.
posts on 10/12/2010 5:32:27 PM
To Leoni and others. A story of Glinski escape may be fascinating, unfortunately there is not a single confirmation that such an event has ever taken place. There is however official confirmation in russian and polish archives that at the time of his supposed escape from Yakutsk he was thousands miles away to the west, in a special settlement in a Province of Arkhangielsk (Nothern part of European Russia). Sorry Leoni.
posts on 8/21/2010 6:57:23 AM
Slavomir Rawicz is the author of the Long Walk NOT Witold Glinski!
Do not believe all you see on the internet.
posts on 8/19/2010 11:47:49 AM
To Leonie Glinski,
I have been fascinated with the story of TLW since I first read it in 1981. I think it is wonderful that your grandfather came forward last year. I have several questions. (1) Does Witold intend to write his own account of what really happened in The Long Walk now that he came forward? (2) Do you know when "The Way Back" movie is coming out? Was Witold consulted when the movie was being made? (3) I noticed in the Mirror article from May, 2009 that it didn't mention anything about the Yeti sighting that TLW is famous for. Did Witold and his companions see any animals in the Himalayas that might have been Yetis? (4) Do you know (or suspect) whether Ronald Downing knew that Rawicz was not actually in TLW? In the preface of TLW it says Downing met Rawicz because he wanted to write an article about the Yeti and heard that Rawicz had seen them. Do you think that's how Downing and Rawicz actually met or was that just a pretense?
Thank You for any information you can give me. Sincerely, Mike
posts on 4/30/2010 5:19:36 PM
Did Slavomir ever reunite with the other 3 survivors that made it to India (Kolomenos, Zaro, Mr. Smith)? Did any of them ever surface later or does anyone know what happened to them?
posts on 4/29/2010 9:20:29 PM
I recently had to read this book in school. I did a report on it only to find that it is fiction VERY loosely based off Witold Glinski's escape from a Siberian work camp. It does have some truth, but it is mostly lies. If it said Historic Fiction, or loosely based off Witold Glinski's story, I would have more respect for it as a fiction. As Non-Fiction I have next to none. I enjoyed it as a fiction novel, it was very good and wonderfully written, too bad it is mostly lies.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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
The following discrepencies occur to
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.
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!
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!