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Survival : a refugee life

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Survival : a refugee life
Call No: 940.5315 B88s

Call Number940.5315 B88s
Dates[2005]; ©2005
Statement of ResponsibilityFred Bruemmer.
Creators & ContributorsBruemmer, Fred (author)
Bruemmer, Fred (subject)
Summary"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 disease—only one out of every hundred prisoners survived—he 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 Bruemmer's [memoir] of his years under Soviet oppression and imprisonment, his decision to leave devastated Europe, and his embrace of the North." —Book jacket
Contents
  1. The Baltic Barons
  2. The Place of the Sacred Spring
  3. The Polish Estate in Germany
  4. The Train to Slavery
  5. The Coal Mine of Donbas
  6. Escape
  7. The Death Camp and Its Captain
  8. The Factory
  9. Survival
  10. To Steal and Not Be Caught
  11. The Gate of Fate
  12. Frozen Potatoes
  13. The Benevolent Rule of the Secret Police
  14. The Meister's Story
  15. Working with Aleksei
  16. Slow Train to Freedom
  17. Berlin, 1946
  18. The Plundered Castle
  19. The Soviet Disciples of General von Clausewitz
  20. The Dead City
  21. A Family of Prisoners
  22. Slipping through the Iron Curtain
  23. In the Realm of Refugees
  24. Farewell to Europe
  25. The Gold Mine
Physical Description 270 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherToronto : Key Porter Books
RecognitionGifted in 2006 by Ira Nader