Torn Out by the Roots is Hilda Vitzthum’s chilling reminiscence of her nearly ten years in Soviet labor camps—of privations and horrors of overwhelming enormity, mitigated by occasional kindness and humanity. It is a harrowing and moving story, all the more so for its simplicity and matter-of-factness.
Although Hilda Vitzthum was allowed to return to Austria in 1948, she could not write about her experiences until the 1980s. Before then, she says, "no one would have believed me if I had told the unvarnished truth." The dissolution of the Soviet Union compels us to record, so none may forget, the human cost of the Stalinist experiment.
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Vitzthum writes with uncanny poise about her 10 years of torment in Stalin's labor camps.| Read Full Review of Torn Out by the Roots: The Re...