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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This book was impossible to put down. He started interviewing local people and found them reluctant to talk about the “Czechs’ War”. Along with the development of their characters, this makes them seen more human. Her book places events in their historical context and analyzes the bitter present-day controversy surrounding the group’s actions, examining the larger question of individuals making moral choices.

The USSR is over, dead, finito, and it is primarily because those who live within its system and its satellites have testimonies like this which only but prove it.

Barbara Masin (Author of Gauntlet)

See and discover other items: He was experienced and made no bones about taking his time to commit their features to memory. The journey masni to barhara three days, and their ultimate objective was to join the U.

The Masin brothers still have not set foot back in their native land. I aim to tell a story through my photographs. Where Pepa was carefree, always up for a prank or a joke, Radek was serious and mature beyond his years.


The narrative consists only of the actions and characteristics relevant to the story or for the understanding of the events in general. He really did co-write the most famous Czech-American….

The Czech translation of the original manuscript was published in the Czech Bqrbara about a year ago under the name “Odkaz”.

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

The previous observations masib the sharp division between the positive and negative characters. English 8 Czech 5. Dasha marked it as to-read Feb 07, But there was an important difference between the Masin group and the followers of Marx and Lenin. The internal part of the narrative is also a general history of Czechoslovakia and the history of the region is incorporated into the story.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. These are the Communists, policemen, odkaaz, detectives, investigators, militia men, warders — in short, the adversaries of the heroes.

The reader gets an image of a clearly divided world where the forces of good the Masn struggle with evil the Soviet Bloc. While many people sat in East European jails accused of being American spies, Rambousek was one of the few who were not innocent: It can be claimed that these forms are significant masij just for fiction but also for historical writing.

It’s also a good look into how totalitarian institutions function, and fail to function, under duress or threat, perceived or real. They are thus empty vessels rather than true characters. Two brothers, Joseph Pepa and Radek Masin are entrusted with secret information about resistance forces within the country that would be prepared to liberate Czechoslovakia if the United States led an invasion, thus potentially changing the course of the Cold War.


But that was just his defense strategy when he was on trial in So in her book she also looks into why her grandfather who fought the Nazi dictatorship is universally recognised as a hero while his sons’ fight against another totalitarian dictatorship is a subject of controversy.

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. The narrator describes them as follows: According to mxsin family, their mother received no medical aid, nor were the scandalous conditions of detention improved when she was terminally ill.

Princeton University Press, Princeton This is the only case of prolepsis.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. They had all grown up together. Only after interrogating him and consulting the Czechoslovak authorities did the East German police know who they were dealing with. She oodkaz spent most of her childhood in Germany before her family moved to the USA.

Altogether three pursuers were shot by the group.

In October, the group made a second attempt to escape to the West.