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Release: March 31, 1999

UI professor emeritus to speak about years in Soviet labor camp

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Religion continues its spring lecture series Tuesday, April 6 with a public lecture by Janusz Bardach, a UI professor emeritus and survivor of Soviet labor camps during the Stalinist regime. His presentation, "Living on the Edge: Preserving Humanity Under Inhumane Conditions," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium on the UI campus.

Bardach's tale of his 10 years in Soviet prison camps is chronicled in his critically acclaimed memoir, "Man is Wolf to Man," published in 1998 by the University of California Press. In his memoir, Bardach describes hauling ore, mining uranium, and logging, all the while enduring freezing cold, horrific beatings, near-starvation, and disease.

Bardach received his medical training in Moscow, practiced medicine in Lodz, Poland, and came to the UI in 1972. He retired in 1991 from the UI department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Along with his co-writer, Kathleen Gleeson, a 1992 UI Nonfiction Writing Program graduate, Bardach is at work on a follow-up memoir about his guilt at survival (his wife, parents, and sister were all murdered by the Nazis), and his decision to become a plastic surgeon and rebuild his life.

For more information, contact the UI School of Religion at (319) 335-2164.