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Night never ending Hardcover – 1974
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My uncle was visiting an old friend in Indiana, and they went to the local VFW for a drink. The friend suggested that Uncle Joe (a writer) should buy a few drinks for the custodian, and get him talking about his experiences in WWII. The custodian was very reluctant at first to talk, and Uncle Joe made several trips to Indiana to gain the trust of the custodian. Very slowly the custodian revealed who he really was (Komorowski) . Uncle Joe checked everything the custodian told him, and found all of them to be true.
During the time Uncle Joe was researching Komorowski's story, Uncle Joe began receiving threatening phone calls at home. The caller warned Uncle Joe not to write this book, that if he did that he would be sorry. Also a strange car was frequently spotted watching Uncle Joe's house, parked opposite of his driveway. Needless to say, this scared the crap out of my Uncle's wife and 3 teenaged children! They lived on a somewhat isolated 40 acre farm in Eastern Ohio. The local sheriff and his deputies regularly patrolled the country road, and many times had to order the trespassers to leave.
Uncle Joe told me that the Soviets would do whatever they could to stop this book from being published. From the skeptical reviews here, it seems that they are still trying to discredit the book.
In summary, it is the story of a Polish officer imprisoned by the Russians and shipped with the others to the Katyn Forest where -- even the Russians admit today -- they were dispatched by the NKVD (KGB). But this one man manages to escape.
I did much research on Katyn for my historical (some called it hysterical) novel, FOR THIS ONE HOUR, published before NIGHT NEVER ENDING. My fictional hero, Jan, escapes similarly (but at the time there was no evidence that ANYONE survived). So, when NIGHT came along, I was most interested and it started a rewarding correpsondence with Mr. Gilmore (who also has West Virginia connections). One thing that pretty much proved to me NIGHT's authenticity was the fact that Readers Digest offered big bucks for the story but Komoroski refused (still fearing for his life). Gilmore was, naturally, very disappointed.
It's a most exciting story as the Col. comes tothe USA and escapes repeated further attempts on his life. One wonders if he is still alive (or to what end he came?)
But what didnt set right with me - what I found hard to believe was - How could a man in Komorowski's condition, after being shot 3-4 times, with a useless right arm, limp all the way across Russia, from Smolensk back to Poland, and then kill a farm couple in their house in Poland? Did he strangle them with one hand? This is BS. A man suffering from malnutrition would not have the strength. And then we are to believe that he limped from Poland to Switzerland, through Romania, Hungary and Austria, without being discovered by the Nazis. I also found it hard to believe that he single-handledly beat up and disarmed the other men that were following him (the Soviet agents). This sounds like bragadoccio to me.
A better choice for reading would be either of the books by the Ukrainian defector Victor Kravchenko, "I Chose Freedom" and "I Chose Justice". These are true books of non-fiction, which show the evil of the Soviet System.
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