Alexander Solzhenitsyn -- an appreciation
With the death of Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, the world has lost one of its most remarkable writers, a literary colossus whose extraordinary body of work, while deeply rooted in the Russian literary ...
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#1 Aug 13, 2008
The article in memory of Sozhenitsyn by JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International was excellent. The author was right to stress Solzhenitsyn's outstanding contribution to the defense of freedom throughout the world. When,upon being expelled from the USSR, he declared that he would return to a free Russia, the majority of sovietologists laughted at him. After our debacle in Vietnam, Western leaders did not aspire to more than dividing the world, with Soviet leaders, into two spheres of influence. But then Solzhenitsyn came to shame them for caving in to the Soviets, then President Ronald Reagan declared that Soviet Communism would go to the dust bin of history. Only in the wake of perestroika, Solzhenitsyns detractors came to realize that he was right when he said that he would return to a free Russia. It's just too bad that his latest work has not been published in the U.S.
P.S. Im writing from my native city of Perm which gave the name to the infamous Camp-36. It was with Solzhenitsyns blessings that the whole camp was turned to Museum of the History of Political Repression, the only such museum in the former USSR.
Dr. W. George Krasnow is President of Russia & America Good Will Association (RAGA) in Washington. Formerly professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, he is the author of Solzhednitsyn and Dostoevsky: A Study in the Polyphonic Novel and Russia Beyond Communism: A Chronicle of National Rebirth (under his Russian name Vladislav Krasnov).
#2 Aug 16, 2008
Solzhenitsyn: His worgs helped destroy evil --and his words helped resurrect evil.
.....Solzhenitsyn wrote that the imprisoned independence fighters were horrified by the spirit of slavery that reigned in camps. He said Ukrainians inspired and organized a series of revolts in camps. His positive description of the Ukrainian rebels was an inconceivable sin from the point of view of Soviet ideologists.
After his return to the USSR just before its collapse, Solzhenitsyn stopped being a consistent critic of the Soviet system and suddenly started speaking against the dismantling of the Soviet Union.
Shortly before the Ukrainian proclamation of independence on August 24, 1991, Solzhenitsyn came to Kyiv to try and persuade the citizens that the pro independence movement was a communist trick.
He met with activists of the nationalistic Rukh (Movement) organization that pushed for independence. Among them were some political prisoners who spent even more time in Soviet camps than the author of the Gulag Archipelago.
Later, one of these prisoners who spent 26 years in camps, Levko Lukianenko, said Solzhenitsyn had been recruited by the secret services, and one of his reports foiled a rebellion planned by Ukrainian inmates.
A few months ago, Solzhenitsyn made a statement which said that the 1932 -33 famine was not an act of genocide against Ukrainians. He was then accused of chauvinism. Its interesting that earlier, in his Gulag Archipelago, he truthfully described many horrors of that famine.
Maybe one day, in another world, all our truthful and faulty deeds will be put on scales and one of the sides will outbalance the other. I think that the Gulag Archipelago will outweigh everything else that was done by Solzhenitsyn. Because this very book helped tear down the evil that its author later tried to save. It helped tear down the USSR.
His words helped destroy evil
Aug 13 2008, 21:33
#3 May 4, 2009
Alexander Solzhenitsyn -is a great author!
When Stalin, Beria and other people from Georgia became the governement a lot of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarus were killed.
Nobody helped us in this moment, but I understand they were afraid Stalin, I blame nobody...
The father of my grand father was killed by Stalin. They took homes, plant, lands, everything what my family had!
I am very grateful to Solzhenitsyn -the thruth came out!
I am so happy that Russia has the freedom today and we can to do what we want to do, to go where we want to go.
Thank you God, no communism anymore!
I am sure , the good people are happy for us too.
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