Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is one of the giants of the twentieth century. From John Wear at unz.com:
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in February 1974. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was one of the greatest literary and political figures of the 20th Century. For the first 25 years of his life, Solzhenitsyn was an ardent supporter of Vladimir Lenin’s Soviet Revolution. In fact, by 1938 Solzhenitsyn’s enthusiasm for Communism had grown to the point of obsession. As a youth, Solzhenitsyn even declared, “I would gladly give my life for Lenin.”
This article documents how Solzhenitsyn eventually became an outspoken critic of Soviet Communism, as well as his conclusion that Jews were primarily responsible for the Bolshevik Revolution.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born into an environment of chaos and suffering that rivaled anything he experienced in his later life. His young father died six months before his birth in excruciating pain from wounds received in a hunting accident. His grief-stricken mother rejoined her family in a nearby summer resort, only to find herself in the middle of a vicious battle then raging between Reds and Whites in Russia’s Civil War. Lenin and his band of Bolsheviks were fighting ferociously to consolidate their power, and the whole of Russia was awash in blood.
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From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008), Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer.
Someone that you have deprived of everything is no longer in your power. He is once again entirely free.
From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008), Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer, Warning to the West (1976):
I must say that the United States, of all the countries of the West, is the least guilty and has done the most in order to prevent it. The United States has helped Europe to win the First and the Second World Wars. It twice raised Europe from postwar destruction—twice—for ten, twenty, thirty years it has stood as a shield protecting Europe while European countries counted their nickels to avoid paying for their armies (better yet, to have none at all), to avoid paying for armaments, thinking about how to leave NATO, knowing that in any case America would protect them. These counties started it all, despite their thousand year old civilization and culture, even though they are closer to the danger and should have seen it more clearly.
From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), Russian novelist, dramatist and historian, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, The Gulag Archipelago (1973):
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer, The Gulag Archipelago (1973-1978):
In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.