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Khatyn It is a quiet place with lush green grass covering the location of the former Belarusian village A village that was burned to the ground with its inhabitants in Anyone familiar with this small c

  • Title: Khatyn
  • Author: Ales Adamovich Glenys Kozlov Franes Longman Sharon McKee Camilla Stein Ales Adamovich
  • ISBN: 9789491425158
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Khatyn By Ales Adamovich Glenys Kozlov Franes Longman Sharon McKee Camilla Stein Ales Adamovich, It is a quiet place, with lush green grass covering the location of the former Belarusian village A village that was burned to the ground with its inhabitants in 1943 Anyone familiar with this small corner of Eastern Europe is chilled to the bone by the events that transpired there, and the village s name Khatyn has now come to embody a horrific national tragedy But traIt is a quiet place, with lush green grass covering the location of the former Belarusian village A village that was burned to the ground with its inhabitants in 1943 Anyone familiar with this small corner of Eastern Europe is chilled to the bone by the events that transpired there, and the village s name Khatyn has now come to embody a horrific national tragedy But tragedy is not all this name embodies, for it also reminds people of the tremendous courage of those who fought for the life and freedom of their country It is the story of this village and the events that surround its annihilation that are the focus of Ales Adamovich s novel Khatyn, which was written on the basis of historical documents The author, himself a World War II veteran and partisan, depicts the reality of the partisan resistance to fascism in Belarus The main character is a man named Florian, who in his memories returns to events that transpired some thirty years ago, when as a teenager he joined a partisan unit and met his future wife, Glasha He witnesses how the villagers of Khatyn are burned alive as reprisal for supporting the partisan movement The monstrous cruelty of the death squad and its commanders manifested itself in the act of punishing the entire community for the deeds of those who had helped the partisans The village, composed mostly of the elderly and mothers with children, was locked inside a barn After being covered with dry hay, the barn was set ablaze with the families inside.Over half a century later, Adamovich s story about the courage of ordinary people has not lost its immediacy Today, the world is still marred by war crimes committed against communities of noncombatant Khatyn is a testament to an event that must not be forgotten, and to a reality that must not be repeated.

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    1. This story begins with a reunion of the survivors from a group of partisans going back by bus to see Khatyn, the national memorial to the 2 million people of Belarus 1 in 4 of the population who were killed during WW2 Among these and most pertinent to this novel were the 300,000 peasants massacred in their villages, mostly burnt alive by Nazi SS units through 1943 On the bus is a blind man Florya and the opening section is a bit confusing as all the people on the bus compete to attract his atten [...]

    2. Khatyn is not an easy book to read due to the subject matter War is never easy to read about, nor is brutality The events surrounding the Khatyn massacre are filled with both In March 1943, the Nazis and some Soviet collaborators carried out a massacre of an entire village in what is now Belarus 149 people were brutally murdered, including 75 children.The author sheds some light on this horrible event through a fictional witnessing of this story from someone in the partisan troops I thought that [...]

    3. The book is incredible, events from the past are so tangible in it, and you get to become one of them, the perished people, and the war and the suffering is so close to your own skin and then you get pulled out of this to the present and see what was done with already different eyes The novel talks to you, and makes you talk back, in thoughts, have a dialogue with yourself first of all, with that part of you of any human that made the events of WWII possible And only you know the conclusion That [...]

    4. Wow this book is a must read It s a book that will make you look at the world differently At times it was difficult to read because we don t want to feel or know others suffering but through this I have a different understanding of war and the feelings and emotions that we in this day and age don t understand.

    5. Adamovich has written an extremely tough book to read As I read this one I could taste the smoke, feel the fear in the characters guts, taste the vile swamp water, feel the adrenalin rush of the attack and the dead tried of the march If you ve been there yourself you know the feelings My own memories come flooding back as the people in this book faced their demons and recalled them In many ways Adamovich has written an autobiography of his experience it s cathartic for some to write out what hap [...]

    6. A personal account of the Belarusian massacres during WWII by the Nazi regime I read this after watching Come and See, a film loosely based on the experience written here A truly horrifying account of the systematic purging of all villiages in Belarussia that had any association with fighting partisians basically every villiage trying to stay alive The story jumps from the narrator visiting his homeland many years after the main events of the story and back again towards the end, but the bulk of [...]

    7. Disclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book with the expectation that I would provide an honest review.I found this book difficult emotionally.This is a fictional, semi autobiographical first person narrative of a Soviet partisan fighter witnessing a less known holocaust from WW II.After its winter defeat at Stalingrad, the German military began systematic reprisals against Soviet villages.The atrocities they committed prefigure those of pacification in Viet Nam, the killing fields o [...]

    8. Khatyn, by Ales Adamovich, was a difficult book to read on many levels.Format wise, it was one 330 page chapter After years of reading, my mind reads books in manageable chunks, and 330 pages is not manageable for me I think it might have helped the author gather and clarify his thoughts, as well, had he opted towards the occasional break.In this same general formatting category, there were occasional places where the translation to English seemed a little awkward I didn t consider this a flaw i [...]

    9. What can I say about this work It is an epic, heart felt, terrifying semi autobiographical fictional story of a young partisan told through the reminiscences of his older self as he returns to the Khatyn, the scene of one of the worst massacres outside of the Nazi concentration camps We follow our young partisan, Florian, as he gets to grip with life in hiding, battles with Nazis and their supporters and with his own feelings towards his fellow partisans and mankind as a whole.Adamovich writes w [...]

    10. I really wanted to like this book than I did The subject material was fascinating, and seeing it was written by a Belorussian about the razing of Belorussian villages during the war, it seemed a winning combination.On the plus side, there are some amazing scenes of battles and of the constant hide and seek survival of a partisan fighter Also included are 14 pages of actual accounts by survivors of the atrocities, as well as from Germans who were part of the punitive execution squads.On the nega [...]

    11. This book stuns the reader with an exceptionally close up depiction of the German atrocities in Belorussia, 1943, recalled by a now blind academic on a bus trip to a celebration memorial of the destruction and extermination which he had survived as a partisan.The detailed drawing of the fiery deaths and sadistic treatment of the villagers and the distance of their tormentors serves as a backdrop for the author s concern about the wholesale slaughter possible in the era of the Bomb.The story drip [...]

    12. this book was very difficult to read for a few reasons it is difficult to tell who is talking at certain points jumps around in time without notice very little introduction to some characters, sometimes it s hard to tell who is who no background given when reading the book I should have read up on the massacre firstrhaps some of it was lost in translation.on the other hand, the book was very powerful, strong imagery, vivid experiences the cow shelter in the rain

    13. This has been an overwhelming experience Writing anything about it seems to cheapen the experience It is a fantastically graphic depiction of a massacre and its aftermath The writing and the storyline are to be applauded for clarity and intensity a tricky combination well managed Everyone should read it There are too few stars to do it justice.

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