posts on 1/25/2011 3:30:10 PM
I have just seen The Way Back, and read some of the reviews, pity Peter Weir didnt make "The Long Walk " after all.
Because thats what the message to the world was all about, reality or not !!
Hopefully someone out there will tell this wonderful tale one day !
posts on 1/17/2011 2:13:29 PM
How many survived in those conditions? well never know!
How many loved ones where maybe lost or killed after walking many miles to their Freedom. Many I should think, who have since died and taken their stories to the grave.
We should remember them all and not insult them!!! And also remember some of their families are still alive today.
posts on 1/16/2011 4:08:27 PM
If Rawicz's book is totally true, I'm Mary Poppins!
Nobody, not even Bear Grylls could survive in a potato field in subzero temps for 3 days wearing only a thin shirt, trousers and canvas shoes.
Likewise, not even Bear could go 13 days without water in the Gobi..:)
posts on 1/11/2011 8:15:59 AM
Money, Money. That is all you you are
What the family from Mr Rawicz gain
is certainly non of your business.
I can imagine that they are all
heartly sick and tired of all of you
petty critics .
Leave them in peace .
posts on 1/10/2011 1:51:31 PM
I am sorry to have to remind people that he was frankly a liar and a cheat. He did not to the Long Walk, purely and simply, as the BBC radio programme evidence eloquently shows. He pocketed thousands and now his family have the film rights as well.
posts on 1/3/2011 10:04:38 AM
agree with previous post. funny that there seems to be more people discussing the reality of Rawicz's book than people discussing the reality of the Bible...
posts on 1/3/2011 12:01:54 AM
I too have a copy of The Long Walk Slav sent to me inscribed with his message: Never forget the precious heritage of freedom. I corresponded sporadically with him for two decades - from the early 70s when I first read his book and was so gripped by his story to some time just before he died. I still have (and cherish) all his correspondence. He and Marjorie sent stamps to my daughters from the Queen's 25th anniversary. The BBC also wrote to me about him after he gave my letter to them.
I never for one minute have doubted his story and cannot believe this message board is still going on with the debate all this time. Perhaps some of the things he told me might allay some doubts - but probably not.
I'd just like to say to his children: I know how much he loved all of you and I'm sorry you have to defend his incredible account of his walk to freedom. He was a remarkable man and I feel honored to have known him in just a very small way.
God bless you.
posts on 1/2/2011 2:14:52 PM
I have a copy of the Long Walk signed personnaly by " Slav " and inscribed,
" Remember always the precious heritage of freedom."
Also, I would recommend reading the Guardian obituary to him dated, 5/5/2004.
posts on 12/30/2010 3:49:41 PM
I'm afraid that I am a little bit late for this message board. However, I have just watched the film 'The Way Back' which was based on this book.
I have no doubt that such an event took place - many times, by many desperate individuals caught up in the most horrendous situations.
My own father went through many harrowing ordeals during WWII. As a young Serb, he joined the Yugoslav air force, was shot down and sent to Dachau - where he was to have undergone terrible medical experiments. He was saved by a nun who pronounced him dead - easily credible as he was, by this time, a starved carcass of skin and bone.
My father never spoke of his experiences - as a previous post mentions, these people want to forget . . . However, he had confided in my mother in their early life together and it was she who told us about such things.
The saddest side of these heroic and daring deeds is that my father, though long since free, was never able to relax and enjoy life. Although happily married with four healthy children, he could never sleep, suffered from huge mood swings, could only tell us he loved us after losing his temper, was a workaholic - working all hours for 7 days a week, and trusted nobody outside his immediate family.
I could mention hundreds of amazing situations he encountered and overcame. I know them to be true but wouldn't know where to begin to verify all the facts.
All I know is that the main character in this story is a representative of millions of brave men and women who suffered indignities and horror beyond our wildest imaginings. Let us leave it alone now - and show some respect.
posts on 12/19/2010 7:15:43 AM
No evidence to support Glinski's claims has yet been forthcoming.