As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me
by Josef M. Bauer
This remarkable book tells the story of Clemens Forell, a German soldier sentenced to 24 years of forced labor in a Siberian lead mine after WWII. Made desperate by the brutality of the conditons in the camp, Forell staged a daring escape, resulting in an 8,000 mile journey across the trackless wastes of Siberia. His only goal was to return home to his wife and his two children. Based on a long series of interviews with Forell, Josef Bauer's account brilliantly evokes Forell's desperations in the prison camp, his lonely flight across one of the most treacherous and inhospitable regions on earth, and the ever present terror of recapture as he makes his way towards and freedom.