A Refugee Life

Book - 2005
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Born in Latvia, Fred Bruemmer experienced as a boy the evils of both Nazi and Soviet rule, the dispossession of his family and the murder of his parents by the Soviets. He was sent to a Soviet labour camp in the Ukraine, where he posed as a boy of twelve (he was actually fifteen) to increase his chances of survival. After years of starvation, mistreatment and diseaseonly one out of every hundred prisoners survivedhe returned to a war-ravaged Europe as a DP (displaced person). Seeking a life far from devastated Europe, he immigrated to Canada to work in a gold mine in Northern Ontario. This was his first introduction to the North, and he quickly fell in love with the harsh beauty of the landscape. And so began what would be a stellar career as an Arctic photographer and author.Survival is Fred Bruemmers brilliant memoir of his years under Soviet oppression and imprisonment, his decision to leave devastated Europe, and his embrace of the North
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781552637043
Branch Call Number: 940. 5318 BRU B
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 03, 2011

One of the best survivor books written. One you can really learn from.

Oct 17, 2011

The book is interesting. Although there are times when is very hard to read, like almost anything about the reality of war.
But I would say that sometimes it is too subjective. For example, when he describes how Alliance Army bombed the beautiful Dresden, who was considered the Venice of Germany, at the end of the Second World War, not having the necessary to do so and subjecting thousands of women and children to dead, he did not mention that the same or a more dramatic has been done before by
Hitler's Army to the Soviet Leningrad.
But, overall, a good book, which confirms that the war is always terrible.

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