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Description - Fragments of a Forgotten People by Henry Fast

Fragments describes the experiences of a mother and son during the first three years of World War II. In Poland, eleven-year-old Heniu (a nickname for Henry) and his mother Rena face news of the impending German advance. They leave their comfortable apartment hoping to find safety with relatives, but instead join masses of displaced refugees fleeing eastward from the advancing German armies. At the eastern frontier, now under Soviet occupation, they are arrested along with others and sent to the Siberian camp, unwitting participants in Stalinist Russia's attempt to populate Siberia with civilians. Isolated from both the war and civilization, they lead a spare existence, marked by the fierceness of the Siberian taiga, the whims of their Russian hosts, the competitiveness of fellow inmates, and sometimes, by life-sustaining windfalls. Along the way the boy Heniu observes human degradation and nobility, even happening upon his life's vocation. He provides detailed observations of human behavior at every stage, capturing unvarnished personalities and quirks, conveying an unusual story about a part of history that most are unfamiliar with.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781931741866
ISBN-10: 1931741867
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Robert D. Reed Publishers
Publisher: Robert D. Reed Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Henry Fast

Henry Fast was born in Bochnia, Poland. Events of WWII took Henry and his mother through many hardships, including imprisonment in an Eastern Siberian camp. Later the author continued his education in the USSR and Poland. With a doctoral degree he has held faculty positions in Polish and US universities, and has published a number of research papers in mathematics.