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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The debate is no doubt going to be rekindled by a newly published book called “The Testament” by the daughter of one of the Masin brothers, Barbara, who presented it this week barbbara Prague. Czech photographer in Cambodia: The narrated events are transformed from the original first person narrations of the witnesses to impersonal narration. Immigration changing Czech society.

Odoaz border guards could not manage to check the identity of every passenger. They claimed that the police still had no leads on their actions, therefore the danger of being arrested was not a reason for their escape.

Barbara Masin tells the story of her family’s fight against dictatorship

It also corresponds to its thematic composition. After surviving several pitched gun battles, gunshot wounds, starvation, and the bitter cold, three finally reached West Berlin.

Want to Read saving…. The negative characters are usually labelled by their assignment and there is no account of their personalities at all. The Masin brothers and Milan Paumer were heroes. The author rigorously researched her subject matter, unearthing secret files and forgotten sources in Czech, American and German archives and interviewing numerous eyewitnesses. See all 11 reviews. The funeral has taken place of Milan Paumer, who died on July 22 at the age of A firefighter was gunned down.

I fail to see maisn anyone might still believe otherwise unless they grew up brainwashed in one of those 3 forenamed countries. Against outside threats they presented a united front p.


The story has a distinct beginning and end. Showing of 11 reviews. Harcourt Brace, New York Barhara Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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The narrative in the way it is structured — by inscribing certain actions to the negative character policeman — justifies the action of the positive hero. See and discover other items: In Chapter One, the first person narrator shifts to the third person narrator, the predominant narrative voice, and this voice continues telling the story until the epilogue. Justin added it Mar 27, The next time they took a train ended in a disaster: In this context heroes are individuals, who by example of their own bravery are able to inspire the masses.

Bradley K rated it it was amazing Feb 12, The “Workers Republics” where all trade unions were outlawed! The Czech expatriate publishing house 68 Publishers in Toronto refused to publish the book.

As long as the GDR existed, files on the manhunt were top secret. Za svobodu a demokracii III. The narrator clearly defines them:. A ticket seller who later reported the group to the police is presented as follows: As the oldest son, with his father gone, he took his role as the man of the house seriously.

One can clearly see that this event which happened some time before the raids on the police station has certain narrative motivation.

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Armed with this information, the clothing on their backs, and three days worth of food and ammunition, the brothers and three friends plan and undertake a “Mission Impossible” style escape through Communist East Germany – with the goal of reaching West Berlin – miles away. Army Special Forces, then return to liberate their count On 3 Octoberfive young men, armed with four pistols, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany.


Franta rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Jerome marked it as to-read Jan 08, Since it was becoming increasingly difficult to conduct actions, the brothers decided to go West. The journey was to take three days.

Mittmann’s critics say, he never questioned the account he found in police files. The result is a non-fiction book that has just been published in Prague in Czech translation. Sandra marked it as to-read Mar 27, There are more allusions to the family heritage in the book: After the Communists seized power, they witnessed how some of their family’s friends—opponents of the regime—were silenced, vanished without a trace or were sentenced to death in public show trials. This page was last edited on 24 Juneat Despite her personal connection to the protagonists of the history, the author provides what seems to be a fairly unbiased accounting of events.

In Gauntlet there are two eponymous heroes: 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 bafbara two of the young men and grandfather to the author of this book.

This group conducted many sabotage activities also a bomb attack in Berlin and transmitted coded messages to London. More than fifty years on, the story still provokes controversy in the Czech Republic. These entities are not usually called ldkaz proper names forenames or surnames although their names are often known, but by their function in the state apparatus — a policeman, a militia man, an investigator etc.