Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-alive)

         Solzhenitsyn found refuge in America in 1976. But he continued to document the outrages of the Soviet Communists from 1917 to that time. Westerners quickly tired of his harangue against Communists. Stop living in the past, they scolded. Write about the present. Give us something new. After all, you are free now.
         Solzhenitsyn bristled. Would western liberals never understand the danger of the police state until they themselves heard a prison guard snarl, "Hands behind your back!"
         In 1977 he said, "My critics in the West are constantly saying, 'But what is he offering us in exchange?' Well, I could offer plenty if I wanted, but I'm not obliged to. It's not my job…The writer's ultimate task is to restore the memory of his murdered people. Is that not enough for a single writer?…They (the Communists) murdered my people and destroyed its memory. And I'm dragging it into the light of day all on my own. Of course, there are hundreds like me back there who could drag it out too. Well, it didn't fall to them; it fell to me. And I'm doing the work of a hundred men, and that's all there is to it…I'm no philosopher, I'm no politician, I get mixed up in this politics, but I loathe it..."
         Yes, Solzhenitsyn's allegiance is to the 60 million citizens murdered by the Soviet Communists.

[sources:
The Russians by Hedrick Smith, 1976, and Solzhenitsyn by Michael Scammell, 1984]

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Must you hear "Hands behind your back!" to believe in a police state?

Alexander
Solzhenitsyn
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