Gulag #7, The Authorized Biography of Karl Lawrenz

Gulag #7, The Authorized Biography of Karl Lawrenz is a gritty story of how Karl survived imprisonment in a Siberian Gulag, as a youth, during WWII. The books starts at his birth in Pomerania, Germany through his retirement in Highland, IL.

The book was released by Black Rose Writing on 8 November 2012 with world wide distribution.

Gulag: “Glavnoye Upravlyeniye Ispravityei’no-Trudovih Lagyeryer I koloniy” (The Chief Administrator of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies) run by the NKVD.

Gulag was not a term used officially within the U.S.S.R. The Soviet system used terms like: Labor Camps; Re-Education Camps; Prison Camps; P.O.W. Camps; Corrective Labor Camps, etc. Many Russian concentration camps still exist today. This book is about one of the prisoners, Karl Heinz Lawrence, during and after WWII. Karl is now a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, retired and living in Highland, Illinois, USA.

Karl was imprisoned at the young age of 15, in Gulags #1 and #7 of Siberia, just for being a German citizen. All the internees of his camp were displaced civilians. There were no criminal, political or military prisoners. He nearly died from starvation and illness many times. After WWII was over, he continued to suffer under the harsh Russian rule of slave labor.

It was only by the grace of God, whom he credits for his life, that he found his family who had also been searching for him. He credits wife Inge for the happiness found in life and the United States for the quality of his subsequent life.

Some memories are a little grey. Karl cannot be one hundred percent sure that all his recall is without error. Some may not be remembered for a reason, or a purpose. To balance his story, Karl has provided some of the memories of his sister, Elfriede Kubeit, nee Lawrenz that she wrote in her booklet “Memoirs of The Albert Lawrenz Family.” At times the two perspectives of their accounts timelines overlap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonies:

23 Oct 2012: Awesome! I am proud to be a part of this. Reagon Rothe. Publisher – Black Rose Writing.

3 Nov 2012: Bravo Charles! I just finished reading your book about Karl Lawrenz and could not put it down until I had read it cover to cover. It read just as if Karl were telling me the story with his thick German accent. Thank you so much for preserving his life’s story and making it available. Gary Adolph.

20 November 2012: Chuck – Thank you for writing your new book, ‘Gulag #7’. We need accurate renderings of the horrors of POW camps so that we’ll never forgetĀ the our freedom comes at a great price! Kyle McCarter Illinois State Senator.

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