Alexandr Solzhenitsyn played with his life in writing a book that revealed the horrors of the Soviet Gulag.
In the blaze of publicity that came with the Nuremberg Trials after World War Two, the full horror of Nazi atrocities was revealed. Stalinist Russia, in contrast, seemed like a much more forgiving regime, and many on the Left in the West still thought that communism was the future.
Yet behind the showreels of happy peasants on their collective farms and joyous factory workers was the reality of mass displacement, starvation and injustice on a scale that not even Hitler could have engineered.
THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO is Solzhenitsyn’s monument to the millions tortured and murdered in Soviet Russia between the Bolshevik Revolution and the 1950s. He began writing it in 1958, three years after finishing an eight-year sentence in the Gulag labor camps.~ read more ~