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A WORLD APART by GUSTAV HERLING. Contents include: PREFACE, k PART I CHAP. PAGE 1 VITEBSK LENINGRAD VOLOGDA 1 2 HUNTING BY NIGHT 20 3 WORK 1 DAY AFTER DAY 32 2 THROWN TO THE WOLVES 45 3 STALINS MURDERER 50 4 DREI KAMERADEN 56 5 THE ICE-BREAKER 65 6 THE HOUSE OF MEETINGS 86 7 RESURRECTION 97 8 THE DAY OF REST 113 PART II 9 HUNGER 131 10 NIGHTFALL 143 11 THE HOUSE OF THE DEAA WORLD APART by GUSTAV HERLING. Contents include: PREFACE, k PART I CHAP. PAGE 1 VITEBSK LENINGRAD VOLOGDA 1 2 HUNTING BY NIGHT 20 3 WORK 1 DAY AFTER DAY 32 2 THROWN TO THE WOLVES 45 3 STALINS MURDERER 50 4 DREI KAMERADEN 56 5 THE ICE-BREAKER 65 6 THE HOUSE OF MEETINGS 86 7 RESURRECTION 97 8 THE DAY OF REST 113 PART II 9 HUNGER 131 10 NIGHTFALL 143 11 THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 152 12 N THE REAR OF THE WAR FOR THE FATHERLAND 1 A GAME OF CHESS 174 2 HAYMAKING 183 13 MARTYRDOM FOR THE FAITH 190 14 THE MORTUARY 210 15 IN THE URALS, 1942 227 EPILOGUE THE FALL OF PARIS 242 APPENDIX 249 ILLUSTRATIONS THE AUTHORS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN IN GRODNO PRISON IN 1940, AND STOLEN BY HIM FROM HIS DOSSIER ON THE DAY OF HIS RELEASE FROM KARGOPOL CAMP frontispiece A PHOTOGRAPH OF ONE OF THE CAMP-SECTIONS OF THE KARGOPOL CAMP, TAKEN ORIGINALLY BY A CAMP GUARD AS A SOUVENIR, AND LATER SOLD BY HIM TO ONE OF THE PRISONERS facing page 24 A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HANDKERCHIEF MADE AND EMBROI DERED BY Miss Z. facing page 220 IGANOVS POSTCARD facing page 228 AN EXTRACT FROM THE AUTHORS DIARY, KEPT AFTER HIS RELEASE FROM THE CAMP facing page 234. PREFACE by BERTRAND RUSSELL: OF the many books that I have read relating the experiences of victims in Soviet prisons and labour camps, Mr. Gustav Herlings A World Apart is the most impressive and the best written. He possesses in a very rare degree the power of simple and vivid description, and it is quite impossible to question his sincerity at any point. In the years 1940-42 he was first in prison and then in a forced labour camp near Archangel. The bulk of the book relates what he saw and suffered in the camp. The book ends with letters from eminent Communists saying that no such camps exist. Those who write these letters and those fellow-travellers who allow themselves to believe them share responsibility for the almost unbelievable horrors which are being inflicted upon millions of wretched men and women, slowly done to death by hard labour and starvation in the Arctic cold. Fellow-travellers who refuse to believe the evidence of books such as Mr. Herlings are necessarily people devoid of humanity, for if they had any humanity they would not merely dismiss the evidence, but would take some trouble to look into it. Communists and Nazis alike have tragically demonstrated that in a large proportion of mankind the impulse to inflict torture exists, and requires only opportunity to display itself in all its naked horror. But I do not think that these evils can be cured by blind hatred of their perpetrators. This will only lead us to become like them. Although the effort is not easy, one should attempt, in reading such a book as this one, to understand the circumstances that turn men into fiends, and to realise that it is not by blind rage that such evils will be prevented. I do not say that to understand is to pardon there are things which for my part I find I cannot pardon. But I do say that to understand is absolutely necessary if the spread of similar evils over the whole world is to be prevented. I hope that Mr......

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  • P42
    2018-12-04 19:30

    Szokująca, wciągająca i poruszająca fabuła, napisana w niestety zbyt szczegółowym dla mnie stylu. Zdecydowanie warto zapoznać się z treścią, polecam audiobooka.

  • Ewa
    2018-12-08 16:14

    Mój problem z "Innym światem" polega na tym, że nie jestem zupełnie przekonana co do tego, czy naprawdę mi się podobał, jak to sugerują te cztery goodreadsowe gwiazdki. Po prostu, biorąc pod uwagę temat, który Grudziński opisuje, a także fakt, że jest to zupełnie autentyczna historia, nie pozwala mi dać trzech, czy dwóch gwiazdek. Pięciu też nie mogę dać, bo nie jest to książka, do której chciałabym wrócić, tak głęboko we mnie zakorzenił się świat przedstawiony. Oczywiście, "Inny świat" mną wstrząsnął, zapadł mi w pamięć, ale nie w ten konkretny sposób, sposób na pięć gwiazdek. Dlatego przez podziw i szacunek daję cztery."Inny świat" należy do literatury faktu. Wszystkie przedstawione w nim wydarzenia są autentyczne. Gdy uświadamiałam sobie to podczas lektury, realia tamtych czasów, czasów II wojny światowej, wstrząsały mną jeszcze bardziej. A robiły to i tylko przy bardziej, że tak powiem, abstrakcyjnej lekturze. Grudziński pokazuje nam rzeczywistość łagrową, tworząc portrety innych więźniów. W większości są to ludzie, którzy w jakiś sposób, pomimo niewoli i ciężkich warunków, buntowali się przeciw rzeczywistości łagrowej."Inny świat" to niezwykłe studium nad ludzką naturą, ukazujące postawy różnych osób w obliczu sytuacji graniczne. Powieść przesycona jest niezwykłym humanizmem, ale też twardą postawą wobec ludzkiej godności, tym surowszej, że ukazanej w opozycji do relatywnych zasad i moralności łagrowej.Warto też pochylić się nad sposobem, w jaki powieść została napisana. To, że jest to literatura faktu, postawiło autora przed trudnym zadaniem. Grudziński zaś opisuje niezwykle plastycznie i jedyne, co ogranicza moje możliwości wyobrażenia to fakt, że żyję w czasach tak dalekich od wojny, że trudno jest mi przyjąć do wiadomości, że takie rzeczy mogły się dziać.Dlatego też warto przeczytać "Inny świat", teraz i w nadchodzących latach być może nawet bardziej, niż było to kiedyś, kiedy ludzie w Polsce wciąż odczuwali pokłosie rządów totalitarnych. Obecnie, w czasach dobrobytu i wolności, łatwo jest zgubić gdzieś świadomość tego, jak strasznie było wtedy. Wszyscy wiemy, że II wojna światowa była potwornym doświadczeniem dla ludzkości, ale coraz częściej powtarzamy to ze zwykłego przyzwyczajenia, pojęcie to staje się pustym frazesem, wypowiadanym z poczucia powinności. "Inny świat" jest taką, przepraszam za czarny humor, przypominajką, która też pokazuje, że II wojna światowa to nie tylko niemieckie obozy koncentracyjne, gaz i obozy zagłady, ale także "białe krematoria" łagrów sowieckich. Mimowolnie ciśnie się na usta pytanie: co gorsze?Teraz pozostaje mi tylko sięgnąć po "Zapiski z martwego domu" Dostojewskiego i pochylić się nad słowami jednego z uczniów mojej szkoły, który podsumował powieść Grudzińskiego słowami: ta książka wciąga wszystkich, bo człowiek ma wrodzony pociąg do czytania o własnym, ludzkim okrucieństwie.Coś w tym jest.

  • Daria
    2018-11-24 20:13

    To jest jedna z tych książek, które po prostu trzeba przeczytać.

  • Lorenzo Berardi
    2018-12-03 21:22

    It should and might deserve to be more widely known.The first account of "Russian labour camps" I read so far in which the author not only writes about what he survived to, but tries to put it in a larger historical context. Of course Herling was helped in this task by the fact that his isolation was awful but not as endless as the one of Salamov and Solzenicyn, but still he did an extraordinary job.At the same time he had the humility of reckoning that the Hell he was put into by fate was a better one compared to the atrocities of the Kolyma.The passage in which Herling says that he later understood how being sent to the Kolyma for the people "working" in his camp sounded like being sent to Auschwitz for the prisoners of Nazi lagers is astonishing.One of the many unforgettable lines I already found:"We can say that the Revolution really overthrew the former order of things. Once slaves were thrown to lions. Now lions are thrown to slaves".

  • David
    2018-12-10 18:18

    Judging by the paucity of English-language reviews of this book, "A World Apart" seems better known to Poles (naturally) and other Europeans than to Americans and Brits. Pity. Everyone needs to be more deeply exposed to the lies of Communism and the inhuman character of the Soviet society."A World Apart" could be described as a hybrid of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" and "The Gulag Archipelago." As personal as "Ivan," yet as factual as "Gulag." But, come to think of it, "Ivan" was factual too, wasn't it? So call this an extended "Ivan" -- 18 months of misery instead of one day. It's baffling how anyone survived Gulag conditions, even for only 18 months, as the author did. Perhaps some of it in his case was because he had hope . . . there were many Polish prisoners being released after a treaty between Poland and the USSR following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Still, he was one of the last to be released, and he'd almost given up. One strength of Herling's character was his capacity for reflection, and this helps make "A World Apart"more than just a litany of suffering. He draws word portraits of many different prisoners, some of whom are examples of various "types" -- the true believers in Communism, sure that "if only Stalin knew" all prisoners would go free; the criminals who lord over the "politicals" and prosper in the camps; the humble who accept their fate with resignation; the informers, some of whom are surprising betrayers; the hunger-demented, etc., etc.Accounts of Soviet prison camps, both novels and non-fiction, differ from the stories of Nazi camps for many reasons, not the least of which is the reasons for their existence. In the Nazi case, they tossed people on the garbage heap "just because" -- "because you're a Gypsy or a homosexual or a Jew or a Communist" -- little or no regard for making it look "legal." In the Soviet case, they were happy to arrest and convict (and shoot, for that matter) anyone at all (and plenty of "just because" people were shot, imprisioned, or exiled), but from the 1930s to the 1950s, they tried to have a "reason"and they worked on extracting confessions -- no end of torture was too much. Then off to the camps (if you weren't shot) for the job of building the Soviet economy on the cheap. Interesting feature at the end of the book . . . an exchange of letters-to-the-editor between Communists and our author Herling, the Commies denying the existence of slave-labor camps and Herling relating his own experience. Chalk up one for our side!

  • Juan Hidalgo
    2018-12-13 20:18

    Si de verdad quieres saber cómo fue el terrible GULAG (la red soviética de campos de trabajo para prisioneros) hay que leer a Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, y su The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 obra monumental, emotiva y lírica que constituye un canto a la esperanza y a la supervivencia en las condiciones más adversas (tal y como expreso en esta entrevista: http://lecturaobligada.wordpress.com/...) y que, no en vano, le valió a su autor el premio Nobel en 1970.Un mundo aparte podría decirse que es un resumen de ese tipo de vivencias, ya que Grudziński sólo permaneció en prisión dos años frente a los 10 de Solzhenitsyn, siendo amnistiado por su condición de ciudadano polaco cuando ya se encontraba a las puertas de la muerte. Ambas narraciones son sumamente interesantes y descriptivas de toda una época en la Unión Soviética con sus costumbres, sus temores y sus circunstancias políticas; la de Grudziński quizá algo más explícita en algunos aspectos (la violación de las prisioneras por los presidiarios) y no tan variada en su contenido, lo cual es lógico si tenemos en cuenta que Archipiélago tiene una edición de Tusquets (2007) que consta de tres tomos y casi 2500 páginas, mientras que Un mundo aparte son sólo unas 370 páginas.En definitiva se trata de un libro que constituye una muy buena aproximación a un aspecto muy concreto de la vida y la cultura soviética, para aquellos a quienes atraigan estos temas, y que puede leerse bien como novela casi de aventuras, bien como dramática biografía de su autor.

  • Dwayne
    2018-12-14 21:27

    "A World Apart" is an intense, jarring account of life in a Soviet prison camp. Herling not only provides first-hand accounts of the violent, disturbings things that happen in these camps, but also assesses the situations in a way that only a prisoner could. In fact, actions that would seem disturbing like self-harm would be justified by him in the same way that his fellow prisoners would justify them. People hurt themselves so they could end up in the hospital where they would be freed from work, fed better, and be treated like humans. While the imagery in the accounts is strong, I believe that Herling's discussions of ethics are the most hard-hitting. Discussing matters from the love-hate relationship that prisoners have with time alone to talks about the inevitable dehumanization of inmates, Herling allows the reader to enter the psyche of a prisoner in a Soviet camp. Overall, this book, though probably too grim for some, provides an excellent account of life in prison - a life where "it is possible to cease to believe in man."

  • Rafa Sánchez
    2018-12-05 18:31

    Descarnada autobiografía de los dos años pasados por el escritor polaco, 1940-1941, en un campo de trabajos forzados soviético, los conocidos como GULAG. La lectura puede llegar a ser desagradable por el horror descrito, que va más allá de las torturas o hambrunas infligidas por los carceleros, el verdadero horror es asistir a la degradación de la condición humana, rebajada al nivel de carroñeros de sus propios compañeros de infortunio. La vida cotidiana en el GULAG es descrita con detalle sin ocultar ningún aspecto importante, a mi entender. Muy recomendable para los que hayan leído otros libros de esta materia.

  • Michalina
    2018-12-02 20:25

    To była ważna historia, jednak sam styl pisania nie za bardzo mi odpowiadał i męczyłam się z tą książka bardziej niż bym tego chciała. Rozumiem, że jest to w pewnym sensie pamiętnik autora, jednak nie zmienia to faktu, że nie jest to najprzyjemniejsza do przeczytania książka. Szkoda, bo bardzo chciałam ją przeczytać.The story itself was very important, but the writing style wasn't something that I liked and I struggled with this book more than I expected. I understand that this is author's diary written from his own experience, but it doesn't change the fact that it is not the most enjoyable book to read. That's a shame, because I was really looking forward to it.

  • Jonasz
    2018-11-21 20:22

    Rzeczy opisane w książce dla dzisiejszego czytelnika są niewyobrażalne. Problemy z jakimi borykali się więźniowie rosyjskich obozów jeżą włosy na głowie. Gustaw Herling-Grudziński opisał ten inny świat rzeczowo i bez ograniczeń. Przedstawił wszystko takim jakie było. Nie gloryfikował nikogo, nie oceniał występków. Przedstawia również jak pracowało NKWD nad swoimi "podopiecznymi". Ich sposoby łamania człowieka, wymuszania fałszywych i niejednokrotnie absurdalnych zeznań, które należało oczywiście podpisać, zanim dostało się bilet w jedną stronę do obozu, lub kulkę w łeb.

  • Lahierbaroja
    2018-11-17 21:35

    Un libro necesario."Pienso con pavor y profunda vergüenza en aquella Europa dividida en dos por el río Bug: en uno de sus lados, millones de esclavos soviéticos rezaban por que los liberaran los ejércitos hitlerianos; en el otro, los millones de víctimas de los campos de concentración alemanes aún con vida ponían sus últimas esperanzas en el Ejército Rojo"https://lahierbaroja.wordpress.com/20...

  • Michał
    2018-11-22 21:30

    Definitely too long, but still one of the most haunting and harrowing books I have ever read. There is something about the coldness, precision and distance of the narration that makes it even scarier. It lends a completely different perspective on work camps in Russia. The line between a victim and torturer is so vague...

  • Julianna
    2018-12-12 16:24

    This down to earth book is filled with gripping and eye opening events and living conditions that were the norm of the Soviet prison camps. After reading this book the reader will come to a new realization as to just how far evil can be taken in the name of loyalty to the Fatherland.

  • Monika
    2018-12-08 20:25

    Jedna z, niestety niewielu, lektur w liceum, którą przeczytałam chętnie i bez przymusu. Takich książek powinniśmy poznać wtedy więcej.

  • Anula
    2018-11-27 18:21

    A book that makes a very difficult read. A compulsory one in the last year of high school in Poland - the earliest age at which you probably can read it. I believe that everyone should read it, so nothing like that can happen ever again, so we will never forget about those who survived it and those who lost their lives there.This is a book that many would wish it was a pure fiction, that it has never happend - as it's really hard to believe it all... First hand account of atrocities, struggle for survival and everyday inhumane existence in soviet gulag. Not many were able to survive it, those who did so, told their story.Many movies and books were created in regard to Nazis camps and that's what most people (especially those living outside of Europe) associate with IIWW, history about Soviet ones isn't that widely known.

  • Maurizio Manco
    2018-11-20 19:26

    "Certamente uno degli incubi maggiori di tutto il sistema sovietico è questa mania di voler liquidare le loro vittime con tutte le formalità legali… Non basta conficcare una pallottola nella testa di un uomo, deve egli stesso chiederla cortesemente al processo." (p. 272)

  • Tihana
    2018-12-11 18:18

    Hard to believe this actually happened

  • Alicja
    2018-12-13 16:24

    4.5

  • Paulina
    2018-11-24 14:41

    9/10

  • Claudia Moscovici
    2018-12-10 18:25

    Poland’s Plight: Gustaw Herling’s A World ApartIn his Preface to the first edition of Gustaw Herling’s A World Apart, the philosopher Bertrand Russell offers high praise for the book: “Of the many books that I have read relating the experiences of victims in Soviet prisons and labor camps, Mr. Gustaw Herling’s A World Apart is the most impressive and the best written.” (New York, Penguin Books, 1996). Indeed, this courageous and eloquent memoir of the author’s experience of Soviet gulags can be compared with Yevgenia Ginzburg’s Journey into the Whirlwind (1967) and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago (1958-1968). In A World Apart Herling describes his imprisonment in a Soviet gulag and his excruciating experience in a forced labor camp between the years 1940-1941. This book goes far beyond a personal account, however. It also describes the dire situation in Poland, a country caught as in a vice between two brutal totalitarian regimes: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, each of which sought to conquer and exploit its people and pillage its land. In an unforgettable passage, the author vividly captures Poland’s plight: “I think with horror and shame of a Europe divided into two parts by the line of the Bug, on one side of which millions of Soviet slaves prayed for liberation by the armies of Hitler, and on the other millions of victims of German concentration camps awaited deliverance by the Red Army as their last hope” (A World Apart, 175-176).On September 1st, 1939 Hitler invaded Poland after staging a pretext. German soldiers torched houses along the German-Polish border and blamed the Poles for it. Germany attacked Poland with full force, launching 85 percent of its military might into the country, including 1.6 million soldiers. The Polish army fought valiantly, but it was vastly outnumbered, having only 800,000 troops and a fraction of the weapons that Germany had at its disposal. Poland received some verbal support from its allies, Great Britain and France, but no effective backing on the military front. The occupation of Poland was part and parcel of the Nazi plan for ethnic cleansing of the Eastern Territory, enslavement of the Slavs, exploitation of their labor and natural resources, and creation of more Lebensraum (living space) for the Aryan race. As if the German attack from the West weren’t bad enough, following the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (signed on August 23, 1939), the Soviet Union also attacked Poland to occupy its Eastern side on September 17, 1939. Poland was torn apart between two evil empires. As Marshall Edward Rydz-Smigly, the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish army stated, “With the Germans we run the risk of losing our liberty. With the Russians we will lose our soul.”In the end Herling, along with many other Polish soldiers incarcerated by the Soviets, was saved by the two totalitarian superpowers turning against one another, once Germany invaded the Soviet Union. The Sirkorski-Maiski pact gave Polish prisoners of war amnesty and, as Herling puts it, “when the pact was signed, we suddenly became fighters for freedom and allies” (178).Despite suffering from starvation, exhaustion from overwork, lack of sufficient sleep and extreme cold, Herling was one of the relatively lucky ones. The plight of Poland can be only loosely captured by the dire statistics of its double invasion and occupation. About 5.8 million Poles, a large percentage of which were Polish Jews, died due to the Nazi occupation and extermination. The Soviets occupied about half of Poland, annexing that territory to the Soviet Union. Characteristically, Stalin enforced “Sovietization” through terror, by setting up a Communist police state, taking over the industry and sending to prisons or labor camps about 250,000 Polish prisoners of war. A large part of Polish soldiers were executed. The most infamous of these massacres, which the Soviets blamed on the Nazis, was the Katyn Massacre. Most Polish soldiers, however, were sent, like Gustaw Herling, to Gulags, from which few emerged alive. For instance, of the12, 000 Poles sent to Kolyma only about 600 survived. For most Polish prisoners of war, the Polish-Soviet alliance came too late. By the time the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement was signed and Poland found itself, once again, allied with the Soviet Union against Germany, most of them had perished. Claudia Moscovici, Literature Salon

  • Mati Giełczu
    2018-11-15 18:37

    Great balance between the behavaviourism and psychology

  • Kain
    2018-11-21 22:28

    W liceum przeczytałem wszystkie dostępne opowiadania Borowskiego. "Inny świat" był omawiany zaraz po Borowskim i niestety nie zdążyłem go przeczytać, ale znając tematykę, obiecałem sobie, że na pewno nadrobię. Minęło ponad 6 lat i jestem bardzo zadowolony, że przez cały czas pamiętałem. Książka ta masakruje umysł, gdy masz świadomość, że to nie fikcja. Warto ją przeczytać, żeby wiedzieć. Często mówi się o tragedii obozów niemieckich, ale zapomina się o sowieckich, które były...chyba nawet gorsze. Trudno oczywiście to stwierdzić. Niemcy selekcjonowali słabszych od razu (do gazu), stwarzali pozory życia wewnątrz (nawet burdel dostępny dla więźniów). W łagrach o pozory życia nikt się nie troszczył. Ludzi po prostu zapracowywano na śmierć w zimnie i głodzie. Ironią losu jest, że więźniowie jednych oczekiwali na drugich, jako wyzwolicieli, kiedy różnica była niewielka.

  • Francisco
    2018-12-15 17:32

    Duro y descarnado relato de un superviviente del gulag soviético. Como en tantas otras ocasiones, acumulación de incidencias que pueden parecer poco verosímiles, pero que manifiestan el conocimiento del sistema penal bajo el poder estalinista, en el que los presos pasan a ser meros animales de carga.Alcanza una gran altura literaria con las referencias a Dostoyevski y sus "Apuntes de la casa muerta", así como en el epílogo, que nos dejará completamente anonadados.Sumamente recomendable, en todo caso.

  • Persephone Abbott
    2018-11-29 14:21

    While in high school following a honour's Soviet History class I read several accounts of the Russian internment camps, but not this book. I wonder why it was not of the reading list because Mr. Herling-Drudzinski's account is eloquent and moving. The book even has a quite brilliant, read surreal, appendix which is almost more surreal than the horrific experience of being a prisoner in a Soviet work camp.

  • Doug
    2018-11-22 16:20

    "My own dreams assumed a cannibalistic, erotic form; love and hunger returned to their common biological root, releasing from the depths of my unconscious images of women made of fresh dough whom I would bite in fantastic orgies till they streamed with fresh blood and milk, twining their arms which smelt like fresh loaves round my burning head."Amazing.

  • Paweł
    2018-11-23 22:11

    W liceum nie dałem rady doczytać do końca. Brutalność i horror opisany przez Grudzińskiego sprawiała, że kolejny rozdział robił sie coraz cięższy, pomimo tego, że język książki jest bardzo jasny i klarowny. Teraz po latach udało mi sie przeczytać tę książkę z wielkim zadowoleniem i uznaniem dla autora.

  • aetan
    2018-12-12 16:20

    I have read only 1/5 of this book, because it is too brutal and I have no strength to read it. I don't think it's a good idea for high school students to read it for literature classes. Not everyone is able to read books like this one.

  • Anna
    2018-11-16 18:26

    Memoirs of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński first published in London in 1953 and re-published for many times. Memoirs from lagr in Jercewo near Arkhangelsk. Moving story.

  • carnival
    2018-12-08 15:22

    It was hard to get used to reading this book at the beginning. However, I forced myself and surprisingly I got interested in this dramatic story of an young Pole imprisoned by Soviet Union and treated like a slave. Some drastic descriptions.

  • Rose
    2018-11-28 17:28

    In the last year I have read non-fiction accounts of German, North Korean, and Japanese labour camps. Time to add Russian to the list! I once read, a long time ago, Max Perutz's account of life in a British internment camp for "enemy aliens". I'll have to track that one down.