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Twins David and Dennis Pischke’s lives change forever when heir father dies, and a Polish immigrant damaged by the war arrives at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Boleslaw Domko quickly works his way into their lives and their mother’s bed. Where Children Run opens with one of their earliest memories—the day Domko throws their infant ste Twins David and Dennis Pischke’s lives change forever when heir father dies, and a Polish immigrant damaged by the war arrives at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Boleslaw Domko quickly works his way into their lives and their mother’s bed. Where Children Run opens with one of their earliest memories—the day Domko throws their infant stepsister against the wall. In this first-hand account, the twins recall years of neglect, starvation, and enslavement; horrific beatings and candlelit nights spent in the nearby St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Neighbors intervene, but their efforts provide only temporary relief as the children’s mother—also living in fear—refuses to press charges. The brothers vow that if they survive, they will someday expose their tormentor and members of their mother’s religious organization who turned a blind eye to their suffering. This is their story—told with stark honesty and in heart-wrenching detail. First released in 1996, Where Children Run is a timeless, unforgettable story of survival; and a powerful testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.


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Twins David and Dennis Pischke’s lives change forever when heir father dies, and a Polish immigrant damaged by the war arrives at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Boleslaw Domko quickly works his way into their lives and their mother’s bed. Where Children Run opens with one of their earliest memories—the day Domko throws their infant ste Twins David and Dennis Pischke’s lives change forever when heir father dies, and a Polish immigrant damaged by the war arrives at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Boleslaw Domko quickly works his way into their lives and their mother’s bed. Where Children Run opens with one of their earliest memories—the day Domko throws their infant stepsister against the wall. In this first-hand account, the twins recall years of neglect, starvation, and enslavement; horrific beatings and candlelit nights spent in the nearby St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Neighbors intervene, but their efforts provide only temporary relief as the children’s mother—also living in fear—refuses to press charges. The brothers vow that if they survive, they will someday expose their tormentor and members of their mother’s religious organization who turned a blind eye to their suffering. This is their story—told with stark honesty and in heart-wrenching detail. First released in 1996, Where Children Run is a timeless, unforgettable story of survival; and a powerful testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.

30 review for Where Children Run

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    This book actually took me a very long time to read. When it first came out I started to read it but it upset me so much that I had to stop. I picked it up again years later and it still took a long time to read. Not because it wasn't well written, but because I found it difficult reading about the horrific abuse these children suffered at the hands of a vicious and evil man. This is one of the most upsetting and heart-breaking books about child abuse I've read. I think the fact that I knew the This book actually took me a very long time to read. When it first came out I started to read it but it upset me so much that I had to stop. I picked it up again years later and it still took a long time to read. Not because it wasn't well written, but because I found it difficult reading about the horrific abuse these children suffered at the hands of a vicious and evil man. This is one of the most upsetting and heart-breaking books about child abuse I've read. I think the fact that I knew the son of one of the twins brought it even closer to home. This all took place in the 1960's in an area in Manitoba, near where I spent most of my childhood summers years later. This book is based on the true story of twin boys David and Dennis Pischke and the horrific abuse they (and their siblings) suffered at the hands of their step-father, Boleslaw (Bob) Domko. David and Dennis Pischke recall happy memories with their father, Bill. However, after their father passes away, Boleslaw Domko shows up in their home town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Domko comes to work as a hired hand on the farm, but quickly becomes involved with the children's mother and soon they have a child together. Once Domko moved to the farm, all of the children's lives became a living hell. Beatings, starvation, and severe neglect. One of their earliest memories the children have is of Domko throwing their baby sister, Kathy at the wall when she wouldn't stop crying. Thankfully she survived. While some neighbors were incredibly helpful to the children there were many in the community the turned a blind eye to what was happening. The boys vowed that one day they would expose Domko for all of the horrible things he did to them. They said they would also expose the religious organization and others who turned a blind eye to what was happening to them. At the time the book came out there was a lot of local publicity. There is a 16 minute documentary with the twins posted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW2_f... I have so much respect for these children who survived their brutal childhood and decided to speak out, share their story in order to bring more attention to such an important issue. They show how tough the human spirit really can be. In May of 2000 David Pischke walked from Banff, Alberta to Steep Rock, Manitoba and spoke out about child abuse at many conferences. The subject matter is difficult to read about, and much of the content will make readers very uncomfortable. However, their story brought much-needed attention to the pain and struggle that unfortunately is still a reality for many children today. There is another book written about their story "When Memories Remain" and I hope to read that one as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Devastating - monstrous - nightmarish - frightening - heartbreaking - exhausting- sickening - shocking - unspeakable- horrific - crushing - wrenching - brutal - sad - ........... Written by an author who was incredibly dedicated for YEARS in her research getting this story right - exposing this poignant true story of an inhumanely appalling childhood!!! The story started in 1953 ....a year after I was born. The Stepfather - Boleslaw Domko - was the MONSTER ABUSER - The children’s mother - C Devastating - monstrous - nightmarish - frightening - heartbreaking - exhausting- sickening - shocking - unspeakable- horrific - crushing - wrenching - brutal - sad - ........... Written by an author who was incredibly dedicated for YEARS in her research getting this story right - exposing this poignant true story of an inhumanely appalling childhood!!! The story started in 1953 ....a year after I was born. The Stepfather - Boleslaw Domko - was the MONSTER ABUSER - The children’s mother - Caroline - was a CRIMINAL for not properly responding - The MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY Couple abused 8 children at their farm near the isolated town of Moosehorn, Manitoba. Unbelievable......that these adults had power to DAMAGE all these kids lives!!! Seven of the children were from Caroline’s marriage to Bill Pischke. Bill Pischke was is a gentle caring father. After he died - and the Monster - Domko - moved in - life became living hell. I skimmed this gifted physical book...... given to me from an AirBnB guest who visits us often when in town on business. He lives in Calgary, Canada. I give our guest books to take back to Canada for his wife every month, too. I discovered this book was available as a kindle unlimited...so I found it easier to read on my paperwhite - rather than the almost 500 page physical book. But the photos in the physical book add an experience of their own. Plus - there are some advantages the physical book had over the Kindle - when reading the epilogue and author’s notes. Lots of specific history facts.....which was news-interesting - reporting newspaper style. Gave me the visuals without DRAWING OUT THE DRAMA. I ended up skimming parts on the kindle too ( not that the writing wasn’t excellent and the story gripping) - its just that it was an overwhelmingly emotional joyful buzz kill. Once I knew the bulk of this story - who - what - when - how - ( why is harder to understand)- then I didn’t need every gruesome detail. It was pretty horrific to read about Domko throwing a baby against the wall...... So .....I deeply appreciate the work that went into this book… With the greatest love and compassion for the kids who survived - but I learned something about myself - I don’t always want EVERY GRUESOME details about THE TRUTH. I mean - who does? I’m basically a very sick person .....there is NOTHING funny in this true story .... NOTHING..... Another book I found sooooo SAD ( even though kids survived - lived - grew up and had loving marriages).... it was soooo sad for me that I found myself laughing hysterically - cracking myself up - Why in the world I laughed ......well, it was MY SURVIVAL.....(good self care?).... I told Paul.....”I’ve had enough”.... He said .....”It’s about time, can we have some fun now”? “You betcha”! Just think - I have the NEXT BOOK to read - another almost 500 pages....PART 2. “When Memories Run”..... We shall see how much I read of the next one: following up on twins David and Dennis....as their life continued..... Happy weekend my friends!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Viga Boland

    As a victim of child abuse myself, I have a pretty thick skin when I read stories similar to my own. But WHERE CHILDREN RUN by Karen Emilson shook me to my core with its depiction of violence against children, especially since WHERE CHILDREN RUN is a true story. There were times this tough-skinned reviewer audibly winced and had to put the book down to catch her breath as these young children ran for their lives into the freezing bushes or lakes during Manitoba winters to avoid yet another bruta As a victim of child abuse myself, I have a pretty thick skin when I read stories similar to my own. But WHERE CHILDREN RUN by Karen Emilson shook me to my core with its depiction of violence against children, especially since WHERE CHILDREN RUN is a true story. There were times this tough-skinned reviewer audibly winced and had to put the book down to catch her breath as these young children ran for their lives into the freezing bushes or lakes during Manitoba winters to avoid yet another brutal beating by their Polish stepfather, Boleslaw Domko. The man was, as we learn at the end of the book, schizophrenic, as well as paranoid, selfish, insanely jealous and childish. His wife Caroline, a Catholic turned Jehovah's Witness was unable to stand up to him for her children or herself. And compounding her inability to act were the dictates of her religion. Events are seen primarily through the eyes of the twins, David and Dennis, who suffer the bulk of the horrific abuse at Domko's hands. Why does he hate these children so much? Because they are not his own. His treatment of them is in sharp contrast to how he treats the children Caroline bears him. Mind you, in one of his rages, he even throws his natural baby daughter into a wall. The result is blindness. While he regrets that and treats her with love as she grows, he has no remorse for starving the other children, working them mercilessly from a very young age on their farm, throwing pitchforks and shooting at them with the intention of killing them. These children are terrorized for over 12 years. How they survive and live to tell the tale through the help of kindly neighbours, a persistent social worker and eventually through the author, Karen Emilson, is a marvel. But above all it's a testament to the strength of the human spirit, of our instincts for survival. Readers will agonize for the twins and their older and younger siblings; they will be infuriated by the inability of law enforcement to protect the children from Domko; they will be disgusted by religious beliefs that allow such evil abuse to continue because the man is the head of the household; and they will shake their heads in disbelief at how Domko fools other adults into believing that the children are the bad ones in this family and he is only doing his fatherly duties in discipling them. WHERE CHILDREN RUN by Karen Emilson is eye-opening, revolting, disturbing and sadly, true. David and Dennis agreed as teens if they survived their ordeals, they would one day tell their story. WHERE CHILDREN RUN is their story. But it's unfortunately, the story of thousands of other abused children worldwide. Read it ... if you dare and care. Viga Boland No Tears for My Father: A true story of incest Learning to Love Myself: A memoir of healing after child sexual abuse The Ladies of LorettoVoice from an Urn: A mother tells her side of her daughter's true story of incest Love Has No Gender: A short love story with a timeless message

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This may be the most depressing and frustrating book I've read all year and that's saying something considering my selections as of late. Seriously, If you're going to read this, I suggest you only read a chapter at a time. Too much and the water below the local bridge will start looking pretty enticing. Don't believe me, read this well-written review. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go snuggle with my kid and send the grown ones my love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenna North

    This book is heart-wrenching and sad. A true story, about two twin boys who have lived their childhood in wrath under the care of their physically abusive step father, and unfit mother. Their story within the lines, scream out all the strength they had to keep going to survive another day. Highly recommended to all who have a soft spot for child abuse cases, and all that are interested in the depth a person will go for survival and the love of a sibling. This book also has a sequel called " This book is heart-wrenching and sad. A true story, about two twin boys who have lived their childhood in wrath under the care of their physically abusive step father, and unfit mother. Their story within the lines, scream out all the strength they had to keep going to survive another day. Highly recommended to all who have a soft spot for child abuse cases, and all that are interested in the depth a person will go for survival and the love of a sibling. This book also has a sequel called "When Memories Remain" - Karen Emilson.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This is based on a true story. My Dad actually met one of the boys (now an adult, of course) whose story is told in the book. The book itself is not well-written in a literary sense, but the story is gut-wrenchingly sad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reeda Booke

    Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one. This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story o Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one. This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking. I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side. This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW2_f... 4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Brooks

    Disturbing, and utterly heartbreaking This story took me an usually long time to read. I could only read small bits, and then I would get physically sick, and I would have to put it down for awhile. To me., the word "Mother" means, one who nurtures and loves her children, and protects them from harm. Caroline was none of those things, and doesn't deserve the title. During the reading of this, I thought of a 100 different ways to get rid of "Ol Satan". I'm glad he's gone and I hope God has a Disturbing, and utterly heartbreaking This story took me an usually long time to read. I could only read small bits, and then I would get physically sick, and I would have to put it down for awhile. To me., the word "Mother" means, one who nurtures and loves her children, and protects them from harm. Caroline was none of those things, and doesn't deserve the title. During the reading of this, I thought of a 100 different ways to get rid of "Ol Satan". I'm glad he's gone and I hope God has a special place in Hell reserved just for him.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Matthews

    SPOILER ALERT............ OK, THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK, VERY WELL WRITTEN, BUT ANIMAL LOVERS BEWARE, THERE ARE SEVERAL BRUTAL ANIMAL MURDERS IN THIS BOOK. IT UPSET ME A HELL OF A LOT. IF I HADNT ALREADY GOTTEN INVOLVED IN THE ACTUAL STORY I WOULD HAVE DITCHED IT.

  10. 5 out of 5

    gj indieBRAG

    We are proud to announce that WHERE CHILDREN RUN by Karen Emilson is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    This book made me so mad at times. For a grown man to do things and then when confronted to turn around and blame his twin sons was upsetting to me. Everyone, including the police believed the step-father. This true story starts in 1953 after Bill Pischke dies, leaving the mother of 7 children to run the farm. She ends up getting pregnant and having a baby (Kathy) with a farmhand, (Domko). Domko moves in and takes over the household and nearly kills the baby in a rage one day, throwing her again This book made me so mad at times. For a grown man to do things and then when confronted to turn around and blame his twin sons was upsetting to me. Everyone, including the police believed the step-father. This true story starts in 1953 after Bill Pischke dies, leaving the mother of 7 children to run the farm. She ends up getting pregnant and having a baby (Kathy) with a farmhand, (Domko). Domko moves in and takes over the household and nearly kills the baby in a rage one day, throwing her against the wall because she wouldn't stop crying. Yes, this is so very hard to read when the mother is too afraid to take the baby to a doctor. The story seems to focus largely on the mistreatment of the twin boys, David and Dennis, although all of the Pischke children were not only starved, but beaten in the most horrific ways on a daily basis. Were it not for the kindness of their various neighbors, they would have all starved to death. Attempts to get the law involved always backfired and the kids paid for it dearly. Poor little Rosie seemed to get the worst treatment and was beaten most severely by the step-father. This horrific book kept me glued to the pages and I also ordered the sequel that is a follow up to the twins (When Memories Run) that I can't wait to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Child abuse This is one of the worst cases of child abuse I have ever heard of. How these children ever survived this is nothing short of miraculous.I can't understand there mother putting them through this.Fear is no reason because she could have left also.May God bless these children who are now adults.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    The will to survive against the devil himself! This is a powerful, troublesome, & emotionally draining read especially for abuse survivors like myself and so I feel a personal and deeply rooted connection. There's a cluster personality connection with malignant narcissist in DSM Manual & diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic like Domko so for me it's very relatable. A true story of survival for an entire family but specifically David and Dennis Pischke the main targets of Domko (stepfath The will to survive against the devil himself! This is a powerful, troublesome, & emotionally draining read especially for abuse survivors like myself and so I feel a personal and deeply rooted connection. There's a cluster personality connection with malignant narcissist in DSM Manual & diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic like Domko so for me it's very relatable. A true story of survival for an entire family but specifically David and Dennis Pischke the main targets of Domko (stepfather) from every form of abuse ( psychological, physical, verbal, emotional, religious, financial, sexual). Nothing was off limits and sadly that included the 11 children of Caroline Domko- who she herself had a difficult childhood and was known to be sexually promiscous. Deeply poor, lacking the basics, forced to perform manual labor as children, starvation, isolation, was sadly the norm. These children for all intense purposes were silenced. Hoping for change but constantly receiving empty promises and a trail of destruction with invisible scars that will always remain. Odd behaviors, animal abuse, killings for fun, disturbing actions were simply to be expected. The first publication in 1996 is being retold in 2017 and I'm so lucky to have been provided this copy for an honest review. I was truly taken back by this story and totally distraught realizing as a nation we have changed very little regarding the assistance of helping victims of abuse. Victims must prove abuse while perpetrators rarely see justice served. We see here the perfect cycle of violence storm. The abuse occurs behind closed doors, the perpetrators ( Domko and Caroline) hide it the best they can or deny its occurrence, the police or social worker arrives and leaves, nothing is done. Worse still if the family decides to exit the situation they are pulled back in through shame , guilt, or blame. The abusers even hide behind religious beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses to excuse their behaviors. The perpetrators are too self absorbed to fully deal with the proper raising of the children. These children literally must "run away from abuse" and the lengths to which they must travel is beyond description. Even if the truth was made public who would believe them? After all they were kids and the mom had her own issues even partaking in the beatings and leaving the kids with the man accused of abusing them. The laws also make it difficult as children are not scene as credible witnesses. So many reasons why abuse survivors don't speak out is for this exact reason. In domestic violence cases the abuser promises to change, shows remorse, love bombs the target and then the cycle continues because it's about power and control. Victims lack resources to get out as scene in this case. Where does one go without the proper resources and support? Women were raised back then to believe they couldn't go on without a man. Caroline's father was thrilled when she married. Those closest to the family believed the "lies" thinking that the children just needed to be disciplined for acting out while the wife needed to be more engaging to her husband and her duties as a mother. The marriage in fact was warranted only for the fact that Domko wanted Canadian Citizenship since he originated from Poland. The abuse was so severe that one of the children (Kathy) went blind from being tossed against a wall. Kids almost entered a foster home because of the abuse. Eventually Domko was arrested but it was too late. Why must someone get brutally beaten nearing death before we as a nation do something? Those in charge of protecting the family(courts, polices, social workers) never want to break up a family yet that's what sadly must happen for survival. Who could possibly understand the extent of their abuse? Well I for one do believe because I lived the same hell but not nearly as severe. Unless you lived it you couldn't possibly understand it. The epilogue was very helpful. Very well written and well documented with plenty of pictures showcasing the past to give readers a sense of the situation at that time with pinpoint accurate detailing of first hand accounts. Truly a must read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Heart wrenching but a must read for those who also were abused. This book brought up a lot of repressed memories as well as ones that were never forgot in my life. I was one of the lucky one...I finally spoke to my mom about what my step mother was doing to my older sister and me after only 3 years. My mom remarried when I was 10 and I was blessed with a step father who loved us as if we were his own. They moved us to a far away state when I was 12. I missed my daddy but the fear and abuse was Heart wrenching but a must read for those who also were abused. This book brought up a lot of repressed memories as well as ones that were never forgot in my life. I was one of the lucky one...I finally spoke to my mom about what my step mother was doing to my older sister and me after only 3 years. My mom remarried when I was 10 and I was blessed with a step father who loved us as if we were his own. They moved us to a far away state when I was 12. I missed my daddy but the fear and abuse was at an end. I raise 2 sons, mostly on my own but NEVER EVER allowed any man in my life to correct my children. I also made a vow that I would break the cycle and I'm proud to say I really did it. It takes great courage to write a book like this one. I honor both these men greatly for there ability to go through such a horrific childhood, share their story, help other family's n children with awareness and break the cycle of abuse. The statistics are not in favor of that outcome at all. I'm so glad that they found loving family's in the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dianne McMahan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hard book.to read,even harder to put down. This is a true story about twin boys,David and Dennis and their impoverished family from the early 40's and beyond. Mainly focuses on the twins beginning from the time they were six and the next twelve yrs. Their real father died and their step-father despised them and beat them and tortured them unmercifully. In all their mother birthed 11 children but remained too ignorant or afraid to help her kids out much. His four natural Hard book.to read,even harder to put down. This is a true story about twin boys,David and Dennis and their impoverished family from the early 40's and beyond. Mainly focuses on the twins beginning from the time they were six and the next twelve yrs. Their real father died and their step-father despised them and beat them and tortured them unmercifully. In all their mother birthed 11 children but remained too ignorant or afraid to help her kids out much. His four natural children could do no wrong. Even though the twins went around in rags and were barefoot summer and winter,they found little comfort in the community of Jehovah's Witnesses, that the mother found such comfort in. Their step-father convinced most of the community into believing that the boys were liars,thieves and cheats and didn't deserve better treatment. I have read books about mistreated children in my life but this is hands down one of the worst cases that I have ever read. Be prepared to feel great empathy for what these children went through.Their step-father's livestock and dogs were treated better. ,

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caryn

    HORRIFIC ABUSE I am emotionally drained after reading this story. Visiting a friend in Grahamdale, I can't remember what prompted the conversation but she told me about this true story of an incomprehensible life of abuse. I am stunned. Never in my life have I felt so sickened by a story. I have never, also, wanted to kill someone. If this b*stard wasn't dead already I would hope he would suffer greatly before dying. On the other hand I have grown up in a schizophrenic e HORRIFIC ABUSE I am emotionally drained after reading this story. Visiting a friend in Grahamdale, I can't remember what prompted the conversation but she told me about this true story of an incomprehensible life of abuse. I am stunned. Never in my life have I felt so sickened by a story. I have never, also, wanted to kill someone. If this b*stard wasn't dead already I would hope he would suffer greatly before dying. On the other hand I have grown up in a schizophrenic environment. My mother and middle brother suffered from this same disease. In no way was life, for us, this horrific nor is it now. Mom has passed on but my brother is still with us. The bravery of David and Dennis Pischke in their fight for survival and then telling their story is commendable. There are no words to describe this story other than thank God it has been told. This book will blow your mind and test the limits of your sanity but it is a story that MUST be read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Bouvier

    Heart breaking, yet inspiring This book is well researched and written. It was difficult to read only because it is an emotional, heart breaking story. I read this over the weekend, but would not recommend that. Psychologically it was draining and devastating, especially in the beginning. Growing up in this era, it seemed this parenting method was readily accepted, or perhaps ignored maybe is a better way of putting it. Having seen this type of abuse in my family in varying degre Heart breaking, yet inspiring This book is well researched and written. It was difficult to read only because it is an emotional, heart breaking story. I read this over the weekend, but would not recommend that. Psychologically it was draining and devastating, especially in the beginning. Growing up in this era, it seemed this parenting method was readily accepted, or perhaps ignored maybe is a better way of putting it. Having seen this type of abuse in my family in varying degrees, it crushed me to also know it was talked about, but nothing done. The after effects can still be seen and felt in the preceding generations. I must believe that each generation has learned from the previous, and can and will do better. Mostly it is the churches and the authorities that must be there for children, as others, whether it is family or neighbours, may have to their own issues.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Winns

    This book was super long, although I enjoyed it, I just wish it was a little shorter. I had to stop a few times. Not because it was hard to read, it was because the beatings never stopped. There where pages and pages of beatings. Which is a sad thing to live through. My hat goes off to these boys. They where children but they were strong willed. Thank god there love for each other was so strong. I feel sorry for the sisters as well. I would love to hear more of there part of this story. And I'm This book was super long, although I enjoyed it, I just wish it was a little shorter. I had to stop a few times. Not because it was hard to read, it was because the beatings never stopped. There where pages and pages of beatings. Which is a sad thing to live through. My hat goes off to these boys. They where children but they were strong willed. Thank god there love for each other was so strong. I feel sorry for the sisters as well. I would love to hear more of there part of this story. And I'm glad the step father is dead. However I would of never allowed him to be buried on my families land. He doesn't deserve to be there. They should of left his ass in the crazy home and let them deal with his dead body however they wished to.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deanna G

    This might be the hardest book I have ever read. It seemed too close to home and too sad to be true. Taking place on a dirt poor farm in Manitoba, 7 children had to endure the terrible abuse of their stepfather, the appalling neglect of their mother, the ineffective support of neighbours (and most teachers), the utter ineptitude of the RCMP, social workers, health nurse, doctor. Of all the evil in this story of survival, the mother’s complete lack of care for her children stood out to me. Who le This might be the hardest book I have ever read. It seemed too close to home and too sad to be true. Taking place on a dirt poor farm in Manitoba, 7 children had to endure the terrible abuse of their stepfather, the appalling neglect of their mother, the ineffective support of neighbours (and most teachers), the utter ineptitude of the RCMP, social workers, health nurse, doctor. Of all the evil in this story of survival, the mother’s complete lack of care for her children stood out to me. Who lets a man beat preschool age and school age children? Who leaves the broken body and spirit of her child in a pile on the floor of the barn overnight? Who continues to let this Satan into her bed adding 4 more kids to the 7 she had when she met him. Where was her psychiatric evaluation?

  20. 4 out of 5

    linda orrin

    I loved how the author spent so much revealing the many, many incidences that the whole family endured.It is beyond belief that 'Domko' had the whole community in his hands. Nobody would stand up to him knowing that he was abusing the children for how many years? I almost hated reading about the boys and they started growing apart. Excellent read. I couldn't stop, and am about to start the sequel! Every human should read this book and realize what abuse looks like. The way that it continues to I loved how the author spent so much revealing the many, many incidences that the whole family endured.It is beyond belief that 'Domko' had the whole community in his hands. Nobody would stand up to him knowing that he was abusing the children for how many years? I almost hated reading about the boys and they started growing apart. Excellent read. I couldn't stop, and am about to start the sequel! Every human should read this book and realize what abuse looks like. The way that it continues to grow right beneath our noses is sickening. I have such empathy for the beautiful souls that are being crushed year after painful year, and I am so amazed at their resilience to the pain.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Mecham

    I thought this was a very good book. It describes the dynamics of a family that is dealing with a mentally ill, abusive husband and stepfather. Their farm is far away enough from others that neighbors are generally unaware of what is occuring, and also in this period of time societal pressures dictate that the father is the ruler of the home. It's almost unbelievable that all the children survived the abuse perpetrated upon them for so long. We learn from observing human behavior, and that's why I thought this was a very good book. It describes the dynamics of a family that is dealing with a mentally ill, abusive husband and stepfather. Their farm is far away enough from others that neighbors are generally unaware of what is occuring, and also in this period of time societal pressures dictate that the father is the ruler of the home. It's almost unbelievable that all the children survived the abuse perpetrated upon them for so long. We learn from observing human behavior, and that's why accounts like this are so important. Much more could have been done and much earlier to rescue these children from a horrific situation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michele Smith

    Where the children run This was a thought-provoking memoir of a sad childhood of poverty made exponentially worse by severe abuse. I felt physically ill at several points in this book especially with the detailed descriptions of the animal cruelty. Unfortunately for these children many turned a blind eye and even their own mother chose to accept the abuse rather than do whatever necessary to escape. Personally I cannot comprehend that choice but it was a different world for women back then. Where the children run This was a thought-provoking memoir of a sad childhood of poverty made exponentially worse by severe abuse. I felt physically ill at several points in this book especially with the detailed descriptions of the animal cruelty. Unfortunately for these children many turned a blind eye and even their own mother chose to accept the abuse rather than do whatever necessary to escape. Personally I cannot comprehend that choice but it was a different world for women back then. I am relieved that the twins were able to finally be free and live the normal lives they always deserved.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Noelle Walsh

    Powerful and heart-wrenching, this book depicts the story of to survivors of child abuse. At times, it was difficult to read and I found myself fuming that nothing (or the next thing to it) was done to help these kids out of their horrific situation, and there were times I felt like crying while reading it because of what they had to go through. Just be warned, if you do decide to read this book there are a few text errors that might detract from your reading experience but it's nothing you can' Powerful and heart-wrenching, this book depicts the story of to survivors of child abuse. At times, it was difficult to read and I found myself fuming that nothing (or the next thing to it) was done to help these kids out of their horrific situation, and there were times I felt like crying while reading it because of what they had to go through. Just be warned, if you do decide to read this book there are a few text errors that might detract from your reading experience but it's nothing you can't get past and it doesn't take you out of the reading experience much (in my opinion at least). *won as a GoodReads Giveaway*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alesha Leveritt

    This wasn’t an easy book to read. The abuse endured by these children is unspeakable, and the fact that it was openly displayed, tolerated, and allowed boggles my mind. The reason that you should read it is simply that it is true. We live in a time of manufactured victimology when everyone decides that he or she is a victim. We throw that word and the word abuse around without any real comprehension of what true suffering is. These children suffered. And yet the endured, an This wasn’t an easy book to read. The abuse endured by these children is unspeakable, and the fact that it was openly displayed, tolerated, and allowed boggles my mind. The reason that you should read it is simply that it is true. We live in a time of manufactured victimology when everyone decides that he or she is a victim. We throw that word and the word abuse around without any real comprehension of what true suffering is. These children suffered. And yet the endured, and without bitterness. Read their story so that you understand that you too can overcome.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori Fitzgerald

    Absolely unbelievable! Amazing how cruel people can be to one another, but downright inexcusable for any adult to treat children and babies in such a manner. I was thrilled to no end when someone ( with a brain) actually managed to get him sent to a mental facility! He should have been sentenced to a facility many years earlier! People with that type of behavior should be prevented from being near children much like pedophiles. What amazing strength those children had to survived those beatings. Thou Absolely unbelievable! Amazing how cruel people can be to one another, but downright inexcusable for any adult to treat children and babies in such a manner. I was thrilled to no end when someone ( with a brain) actually managed to get him sent to a mental facility! He should have been sentenced to a facility many years earlier! People with that type of behavior should be prevented from being near children much like pedophiles. What amazing strength those children had to survived those beatings. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Very disturbing book - I certainly did not read it before going to bed at night as the description of abuse made it easy to envision what the children endured for so long. It was, however, very difficult to put down. I certainly appreciate the details at the end in relation to how the lives of the main participants in the boys lives unfolded. I hope people read this and try to help others who may be suffering similar fates to what these kids experienced.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Ricigliano

    God bless these children!!! I’m completely speechless!!!! Thank you for sharing your lives and baring your souls. I don’t think I’ve ever interacted with a book so much, getting so upset when no one would help them!!!! Sad thing is I still read these kinds of stories today!!! When is our society going to put an end to this type of behavior????!!!!! Great book , very well written!! I’m just truly sorry it had to be written!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah B White

    Disturbing Story of Child Abuse I found the abuse these children had to survive to be quite disturbing. The children's stepfather beat the children at the slightest provocation. The mother of the children made no effort to protect the children. She did make an effort for a short time by going to welfare officials and getting into subsidized housing and food assistance. She entertained men in her bedroom, her husband demanded she come home and she complied.

  29. 4 out of 5

    blondie

    What a Story I have heard of The Pischke Twins before but I had NO idea what there story was until I read this book. There are no words to describe what this family suffered at the hands of a physopath. It is indeed a complete Miracle they survived. I could not stop reading this book until I finished. The twins story has affected me like no other book I have ever read. This book will stay with me long after the last page read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina Galarza

    Unbelievably sad. This book was hard to put down and also so sad to read. I kept hoping that they survived and that I wouldn’t be reading about how they died. My heart goes out to them and their families. Very well written and put together, and thank you for the photos to be able to put a face to all characters in the book. Hard not to cry while reading, if you haven’t read yet, get your tissues ready. Looking forward to the sequel.

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