Barbara Masin’s gripping account of five boys who dare to challenge a murderous totalitarian dictatorship shows that committed individuals can prevail, even. Barbara Masin is the author of Gauntlet ( avg rating, 17 ratings, 3 reviews, published ) and Odkaz ( avg rating, 6 ratings, 0 reviews, publis. Masin, Barbara “As she was growing up, Barbara Masin heard parts of this story. Odkaz: pravdivý příběh bratři Mašinů by Barbara Masin(Book).
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Since it was becoming increasingly difficult to conduct actions, the brothers decided to go West. The meaning is of course metaphorical. So few high school students know that Germany at one time was divided into East and West, that Czeckoslovakia was a unified country, and that the Cold War was an all too intrusive part of many people’s lives.
On 3 Octoberfive young men, armed with four pistols, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany. The funeral has taken place of Milan Paumer, who died on July 22 at the age of After the fall of communism in Czechoslovakiathe communist era was officially condemned by the new regime, and those sentenced during the communist era for political crimes were generally recognised in law as innocent victims.
It also corresponds to its thematic composition. Their odkqz was to deliver an explosive secret message from a Czechoslovak odkas to U.
Barbara Masin tells the story of her family’s fight against dictatorship
I was surprised by the title, as I had previously read the older, differently named, version of the manuscript supplied to me by the author. The USSR is over, dead, finito, and it is masinn because those who live within its system and its satellites have testimonies like this which only but prove it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and brbara so inspired by the character and fortitude of the Masins. A firefighter was gunned down. Sep barbarx, Quent Cordair rated it it was amazing. Their documentary “Der Luckauer Krieg” The Luckau War met with severe criticism because they “displayed murderers as heroes”.
They did not get any official information from their officers, and therefore rumours spread in which the Czechs were depicted as savages who had killed countless pursuers.
The narrator does not critically judge their actions but tends to describe their behaviour in positive terms:.
The “Workers Republics” where all trade unions were outlawed! After long and hard interrogations when he refused to testify against his colleagues from the resistance, he was executed in Kobylisy.
Introduction into the narrative of material that comes later in the story. Barbada goal was to get some real training in partisan warfare techniques from the Americans.
barbata Their activities are described as a kind of personal retaliation upon the Communist government by frustrated high-society kids.
There is sometimes a brief account of their external appearance which functions merely to increase their negative portrayal: Write a customer review.
Elaine Hargrove rated it really liked it Jul 31, Most widely held works by Barbara Masin. The narrator is batbara one who tells a story, it can be seen as a textual device.
He was focused on his goals, studied hard, got good grades and was interested in all things technical. There are more allusions to the family heritage in the book: This book is not barbwra featured on Listopia. Gauntlet thus offers a coherent plot with a distinct beginning, middle and end.
Their most important feature is that they are the adversaries armed enforcers of the Communist regime. The brothers were only small children when their father was executed but after the war they began to discover who their father had been:. Read more Read less.
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Eager to learn more, she began to investigate. The realism of the story is chilling and makes it next to impossible to put the book down. This is a major work of nonfiction that should garner numerous accolades and could well be the foundation of a blockbuster film.
In writing Gauntlet the author msin drawn upon recollections from her father Joseph Masin and her uncle Radek Masin, as well as many other primary and secondary sources in four languages. Radek, Pepa, Milan, bagbara Vladimir formed the core. Languages and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs.
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Joe Chapman marked it as to-read Aug 23, They plan all of the actions and carefully consider all the details. He is in command of the troops in the Czechoslovak army and in case of a conflict with the West he would give them orders not to fight:. The contrast between the good and bad is thus realized as is a binary opposition between the individual and abstract.