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[Dec. 1st, 2006|07:35 pm]
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[kabuldur]
OK, so I'll tell you about this book I read. It's sort of dark because it is about one Polish person's survival as a boy during WWII. It is well written which is surprising seeing that English is not his first language. That friend of his, Richard Furniss must know a thing or two about writing. It is called '...Then Nothing will Fail' and is by Ted Kazmierski. They were the only Poles not to be moved on from their property in the area. All the farmers were kicked off and replaced by unwilling German ones, who had a hard time of it when the Germans lost the war and they had to flee. His father had a business - that of rendering down fat and making soap, which was a commodity in high demand during the war. His father believed strongly in god and thought if only they believed in him enough they would be safe. The he started believing that so long as they helped others god would spare them. His father was a hard worker. He was also a man of high ideals and could not always do what the Germans told him which landed him in trouble from time to time. His mother helped to deliver food parcels to people who needed them, at some considerable risk to herself. She suffered terribly from the stress of it all. Of course Ted was commandeered from time to time to ride his bike to deliver these parcels. All bikes were confiscated for the war effort and his father got parts from all over the place and made a new one. He talked the German authorities after they had taken over and convinced them that he needed the bike for Ted to get things from the town. They had several close calls. On the second time they sent Ted to his grandma's for his safety his parents (unbeknown to him) spent time in a concentration camp. But the German man detailed to run the soap factory stuffed up, so they got them back out of prison to repair the factory and get it going again. His older brother lived in the woods during this time, joining the resistance movement. Other incidents too numerous to mention, you'll have to read it yourself! I was impressed by the quality of the writing. And men's inhumanity to man is unbelievable (note, I said men, not women there). Oh yeah, and one time he delivered a parcel to a widow in a small place, and while he was there she turned a cupboard around, and there was a cramped, emaciated Jewish man hiding in there. Acts of human kindness and risk to one's own life amongst such inhumanity. Oh yeah, and there are pictures including one of their house and factory nestled against the forest. Their roof was thatched! In the winter when it snowed they could only find it by its tall chimney.
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[User Picture]From: keffufal
2006-12-01 12:14 pm (UTC)

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wow sounds interesting
[User Picture]From: kabuldur
2007-01-01 11:51 am (UTC)

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That book should be in the lot I gave you for Christmas. If not, SCREAM!
[User Picture]From: keffufal
2007-01-04 12:42 am (UTC)

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ah yes it was in my xmas parcel - I didn't open it till xmas day!
From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-11 11:09 am (UTC)

Good Book

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I found this book a worthwhile read after speaking to Mr Kazmierski himself for a while.

I must ask though, if only a few years late.. "And men's inhumanity to man is unbelievable (note, I said men, not women there).".
Are you some kind of raving, ranting feminist? Women are just as capable of commiting atrocious acts!