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The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

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In a forgotten chapter of history, 1.5 million Polish civilians-arbitrarily arrested by Stalin as enemies of the people following the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939-were deported to slave labor camps throughout the most inhospitable forests and steppes of the Soviet Union. The Ice Road is the gripping story of young Stefan Waydenfeld and his family, deported b ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Aquila Polonica (first published 2010)
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The Ice Road is a tour de force that takes the reader into a history that is not well known in the U.S. It is the first person account of Stefan Waydenfeld, a Pole, whose family (the Wajdenfelds) is deported to the Soviet Union, simply because they were Poles, educated and hence in need of Soviet re-education. It takes place from the first days of the Nazi invasion of Poland, through the family's deportation to the steppes of Soviet central Asia, through their final journey to join with thousand ...more
Good fortune -- luck -- manifests itself in a variety of ways. Frequently, just how lucky we are comes only with hindsight and even then we may not realize just what contributed to a serendipitous result. Yet the extent of a person's fortune may well be a matter of perspective, much like the adage about regretting having no shoes until seeing the person with no feet.

Normally, a person wouldn't think a memoir about being forced into frozen labor camps during World War II is the type of work that
An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

Sticking with the apparent theme of Stalinist Russia and its aftermath, I found this memoir fascinating. It’s always more interesting to read a historical event in the voice of someone who experienced it, and the author Stefan Waydenfeld describes his experiences with detail and yet without bitterness.

Waydenfeld was the son of a doctor and a biologist, and their small town life south of Warsaw was pleasant and fulfilling. He expected to li
Susan Schreiber
The story of a 15 year old boy who lives in Poland when WWII starts. It tells his journey in communist Russia. Very interesting as you rarely hear about this aspect of WWII. It is always about the Nazis.
Nov 28, 2011 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Soviet history buffs
At the risk of being redundant, another excellent addition to the genre, recommended heartily for those who tend to be interested in it. A bit different from others I've read in that it chronicles the experiences of a family rather than an individual. As well, an important work in exposing the despicable treatment at that time of the Poles by the Russians.
Excellent book, I highly recommend it.

I read this for my World War II history class. It's about a part of Soviet/Polish history that I new nothing about before: the deportation of Polish citizens to Siberian labor camps in early WWII.

Waydenfeld writes really well and keeps the reader interested.
This is a sleeper book that gives a vivid personal account of the Waydenfeld family's courageous survival through a Stalinst labor camp in Siberia to their eventual freedom from a divided Poland. Keep an old Atlas handy to follow their path.
amazing nonfiction account of life in Siberian penal colony and escape
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Dr. Stefan Waydenfeld was born 1925 in a suburb of Warsaw, Poland, to a successful and well-educated professional family. Waydenfeld’s father was a medical doctor who specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis in children and young adults, and his mother was a bacteriologist specializing in clinical pathology.

Waydenfeld was 14 years old when World War II began with the Nazi German invasion of Po
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