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Exiled to Siberia
by Leo Tolstoy
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Tadeusz Piotrowski, Prof.of Sociology, Univ.of New Hampshire and author of "Vengeance of the Swallows", Poland's Holocaust," Genocide and Rescue."
"A biographical work in a historical setting, a tribute to a friendship and an econium to all Polish citizens..."
Jan.T.Gross, Prof.of Politics, New York University, author of "Revolution from Abroad. The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia," co-editor in "War through Children's Eyes: The Soviet Occupation of Poland and the Deportations."
In "Exiled to Siberia" Klaus Hergt tells with skill a very moving story."
Traverse City Record-Eagle, 12/17/00; Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
a history lesson to set the stage,he then puts a very human and vulnerable face on this tragic history....There is a lot to be learned from this book.
Beth Doyle, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 11/30/00
extremely well written, the author and main character share a past and present, ultimately to form a unique bond.
"Exiled to Siberia" is the biography of a Polish child deported by the Soviets in 1940.It tells about his early childhood until, as an adult, he declares "I am an American." The book also outlines the pertinent history and discusses the German and Soviet policies toward Poland during WW II.The protagonist's story gives a human dimension to these historical events. The book also testifies to his religious belief as a sustaining force. In addition it causes the author to compare his own childhood in Nazi Germany with that of the protagonist during this time.
About the Author
Klaus Hergt, MD, grew up in Weimar, Germany under the Nazi regime. After the war, he experienced the Soviet rule firsthand in East Germany, and later visits to Czechoslovakia and Latvia deepened his insights into life in Soviet occupied countries. His observations and experiences have made him keenly aware of the fate of the individual under totalitarian rule.
Klaus Hergt is a retired surgeon and now a hospice physician in northern Michigan.
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