Books: From Siberia

TELL THE WEST (358 pp.) — Jerzy Gliksman—Gresham ($3.75).

When Jerzy Gliksman, a Polish Socialist, was about to be released, in 1941, from the Siberian forced labor camp in which he had been held for a year, he asked a fellow prisoner if he could help her in any way.

"You can do one thing for us, and one thing only," she replied. "Tell all you know about us. ... Tell the West. . . ."

The next day Gliksman repeated these words to another slave laborer, Professor Strovsky, an aging Russian scholar. Strovsky, with the fatalism of those who have suffered too much,...

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