Eleven Years in Soviet Prison Camps

Eleven Years in Soviet Prison Camps

Eleven Years in Soviet Prison Camps

Eleven Years in Soviet Prison Camps

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In this book I have described my personal experiences only to the extent that they were the characteristic experiences of a prisoner in the Soviet Union. For my concern is not primarily with the foreigners in Soviet camps; it is rather with the fate of all the peoples who have been subjugated by the Soviet regime, who were born in a Soviet Republic and cannot escape from it.

The Russian people, and the other peoples of the Soviet Union, cannot be equated with the Soviet government. Though they may have brought it into being, they are now the helpless victims of a ruling caste whose arbitrariness they must endure in silence. They have not the slightest chance to control their rulers. It is easy to condemn "the Russians"-- but to do so is to do the Russian people a great injustice. For only would-be suicides and heroes can raise their voice against the decisions of their government in Russia. There are few such people in Russia, as there are few everywhere in the world. And it is not only that speaking out is courting death; objectors will be liquidated in absolute secrecy and . . .

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