Having just finished "Lost Between Worlds" by Edward Herzbaum, I wanted to let others know of this enthralling first-hand account. Please visit the website for background information on its creation. Krystyna has done a beautiful job of pulling it all together. http://www.lostbetweenworlds-herzbaum.com/index.htm
In particular, one feels so strongly the despair inherent in the Siberian labour camp and, later, the continual emptiness that he feels, the sense that he has lost his way. As a psychological profile of the wandering Polish experience, it is remarkable.
An added bonus for me was that both our fathers were in Khanaquin at the same time; Edward described New Year's Eve while my father described Christmas Eve. I now see what it means to others who have said that reading my father's book lets them follow in a family member's footsteps.
Krystyna's father made some statements that speak to so many, are such clear indicators of how it must have felt, and are overwhelming comments on his situation:
"Sometimes I wonder how I can take things so lightly, like a man suffering from a terminal illness who walks among the living and nobody knows that he is sick, so he tends to forget himself."
"Life could have been beautiful, but it didn't happen and whatever is left from it for us, it's not very valuable."
"Although it is good to learn and to get acquainted with the world, there is a certain limit, I've seen too much."
He comes to feel that he doesn't fit into the old world anymore and fits into the new one even less.
As well, Edward is a beautiful writer: "An old song came to my mind, flew across the room and disappeared." And "Outside, of course, it's dark now because it is night, and the fog is so thick you can hang your coat off it..."
Definitely recommended for those who want to read about the many ordeals faced by Poles in one book: Nazi arrest, Siberian labour, freedom in Iran, the army in Palestine, fighting in Italy.