By Margarete Buber-Neumann
This publication is a special account via a survivor of either the Soviet and Nazi focus camps: its writer, Margarete Buber-Neumann, was once a devoted member of the German Communist occasion. From 1935 she and her moment husband, Heinz Neumann, have been political refugees in Moscow. In April 1937 Neumann was once arrested by way of the key police, and completed through the tip of the 12 months. She herself used to be arrested in 1938.
In Under Dictators Buber-Neumann describes the 2 years of anguish she persevered within the Soviet prisons and within the large Central-Asian focus and slave labour camp of Karaganda; her extradition to the Gestapo in 1940 on the time of the Stalin-Hitler Friendship Pact; and her 5 years of pain within the Nazi focus and loss of life camp for ladies, Ravensbrück. Her tale monitors notable powers of statement and of reminiscence as she describes her personal destiny, in addition to these of countless numbers of fellow prisoners. She explores the behaviour of the guards, supervisors, police and mystery police and compares and contrasts Stalin and Hitler's tools of dictatorship and terror.
First released in Swedish, German and English and to that end translated and released in an additional 9 languages, Under Dictators is harrowing in its depiction of existence below the guideline of 2 of the main brutal regimes the western international has ever visible but additionally an inspiring tale of survival, of ideology and of energy and a clarion demand the security of democracy.
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