Freedom to read: Jackson filmmaker smuggled books behind Iron Curtain
- Just a teenager at the time, Sava Malachowski knowingly risked going to prison by committing the simple acts of reading and lending books. “These books were extremely precious,” Malachowski recalls. “They were so difficult to get. They were all illegal.”
- Malachowski would receive the books published by Kultura, a Polish émigré publishing house outside of Paris, France. Some of the books were even smuggled underneath the coiled ropes and climbing gear of Polish mountaineering and caving expeditions. Malachowski would contact people, who he knew were interested and trustworthy, and would give them a book and two days to read it. Then he would move the book to the next person.
- “Basically, all these books played a very significant role in educating people behind the Iron Curtain,” Malachowski says. “That was the experience of a lifetime to be able to read those books. It was so enlightening.”
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