CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 31, 1999
UI professor emeritus to speak about years in Soviet
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
For more information, contact the UI School of Religion
at (319) 335-2164.