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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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From the very beginning, the reader is made aware that this is a dramatic story.

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This is in clear contrast with the depiction of the heroes, who are at the very centre of attention and as such, their individuality is highlighted. These are the Communists, policemen, troopers, detectives, investigators, militia men, warders — in short, the adversaries of the heroes. What ensued was the largest manhunt of the Cold War.

Prior to their escape, they had formed the nucleus of an anti-Communist resistance group, inspired by the testament of celebrated World War II resistance leader, Czech general Josef Masin, father to two of the young men and grandfather to the author of this book. Even as where still practiced, N Korea, China, and Cuba overwhelming arch-militarism and okaz fascist “dialectical” points of view still drive the political life in all 3 nations.

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So there were the questions what came before and what came after because my father really wouldn’t talk about it when we were small. The historical reality is changed into a monolithic plot which has a structure of romance.

The narrator is the one who tells a story, it can be seen as a textual device. The Rustle of Language. What ensued was the largest manhunt of the Cold War.


The result is a non-fiction book that has just been published in Prague in Czech translation. The narrator clearly defines them: Lili marked it as to-read May 04, Now, two weeks later, another gray dawn pushed its chilly fingers over the horizon, touching fir trees and haystacks that glittered white with hoar frost. This fast-paced book tells the exciting story of their plight as thousands of East German and Soviet troops chased them across swampland, forests, and fields for thirty-one days.

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Want to Read saving…. Their activities are described as a kind of personal retaliation upon the Communist government by frustrated high-society kids. There is another significant point in the quote above. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He engaged in the group mainly because he hoped he could control his hot-tempered nephews and prevent them from doing the most dangerous actions.

Write a customer review. The book is a gripping thriller that would make Robert Ludlum proud – with one big distinction: The attempt failed, but now the police started searching for “five armed foreigners”. Return to Book Page. On 3 Octoberfive young men, armed with four pistols, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany.

It’s also a good look into how totalitarian institutions function, and fail to function, under duress or threat, perceived or real.

In the cold morning air sound carried far, and from their cramped hideout under a pile of dead branches they could hear the woods ringing with sharp bursts of automatic weapons fire p. Eventually it was published in Prague after the Velvet Revolution.

The Masin brothers still have not set foot back in their native land. The narrator describes them as follows: Both the brothers continued to live there and refused to enter Czech soil again unless they were fully rehabilitated.


The first snow of the season fell on 6 Octoberand thereafter every night brought subzero temperatures. So read this to get a good picture of what it was like for a few who decided their liberty and sense of national belonging was worth all the risks to defy their communist oppressors, and took them.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

It also corresponds to its barbaraa composition.

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But the Communist dream died when the Berlin Wall fell. In Maein Germany, whose armed forces had been humiliated, the manhunt was swept under the rug.

When challenged the group started shooting, killing one policeman and injuring two others. In East Germany, Wolfgang Barbaara —policeman and true crime writer, rediscovered the manhunt in the 90s. According to the family, their mother received no medical aid, nor were the scandalous conditions of detention improved when she was terminally ill. The StB never found out that they had seized the men responsible for the police station raids.