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‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened’ -Alexander Solzhenitsyn via American Minute

  
“Man has forgotten God, that is why this has happened” was Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn‘s response when questioned about the decline of modern culture.”Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval.

But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.'”

This echoed another Russian author, Fyodor Dostoevsky, in whose book, The Brothers Karamazov, the character Ivan Karamazov contended that if there is no God, “everything is permitted.”

Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned for eight years by Joseph Stalin, as he described in his autobiographical lecture, printed in the Nobel Foundation’s publication, Les Prix Nobel, 1971:

“I was arrested on the grounds of what the censorship had found in my correspondence with a school friend, mainly because of certain disrespectful remarks about Stalin, although we referred to him in disguised terms.

A further basis for the ‘charge’ were drafts of stories and reflections which had been found in my map case.”

Stalin said:

“Crisis alone permitted the authorities to demand-and obtain-total submission and all the necessary sacrifices from its citizens.”

Stalin controlled citizens through “fear and food,” keeping them in constant fear of organizing against him by carting people away in the night, and intentionally keeping a food shortage so people did not have resources to rebel.

Stalin engineered a famine in his war against the kulaks that killed millions. Richard Pipes commented on the absolute power of Russia’s Josef Stalin in his book,Communism-A History (Random House, 2001):

“To break the resistance of the peasants in the Ukraine, the North Caucasus, and the Kazakhstan, Stalin inflicted on these areas in 1932-33 an artificial famine, shipping out all the food from entire districts and deploying the army to prevent the starving peasants from migrating in search of nourishment.

It is estimated that between 6 and 7 million people perished in this man-made catastrophe.”

Richard Pipes continued, that after this:

“Stalin’s regime needed another crisis…as Fidel Castro, the leader of Communist Cuba, would explain…

‘The revolution needs the enemy…The revolution needs for its development its antithesis.’…

And if enemies were lacking, they had to be fabricated.

In 1934, a prominent Bolshevik, Sergei Kirov, the party boss of Lenningrad, was assassinated under mysterious conditions…evidence points to Stalin…

Kirov was gaining too much popularity in party ranks for Stalin’s comfort.

His assassination brought Stalin two advantages: it rid him of a potential rival and provided a rationale for instigating a vast campaign against alleged anti-Soviet conspirators…

Purges of the 1930’s were a terror campaign that in indiscriminate ferocity and number of victims had no parallel in world history…

Authorities…beat them until they confess to their crimes they have not committed.”

Solzhenitsyn was Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, but the Communist government did not allow him to leave the country to accept it.

Solzhenitsyn began publishing “The Gulag Archipelago in 1973, and in response to international pressure, the Soviet Union expelled him on FEBRUARY 13, 1974.

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The following year in Washington, D.C., Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned:

“I…call upon America to be more careful…because they are trying to weaken you…to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat-one that has never been seen before in the history of the world.”

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19 responses

  1. Reblogged this on "Ye Shall Know Me by My Fruits" and commented:
    I Believe this to be very true and very possible the root to many of life’s stumbling blocks.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  2. so so so good and concise ~makes a very clear cut point! Wonderful reading and reblogged too.~Deborah

    February 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    • Thank you my friend and God bless you!

      February 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

  3. Reblogged this on quotes and notes and opinions and commented:
    Quite right! Only fools say in their heart, There is no God. Then tyranny easily comes when the fools make up the leadership of a nation. God, have mercy!

    February 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

    • Thank you for the reblog Sherry and God bless you!

      February 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

  4. Here in America we areheading down the same road. What they called Communism, we of course, refer to as “Liberalism.” There is no difference. When one researches the Communist Manifesto we find many of those things happening here in America.
    1; Control the news media,
    2: make each generation of male weaker than the next,
    3: Destroy man’s belief in God, and
    4: see that more people receive social benefits.

    To the Communist Manifesto there remains 6 additional aspects…. Many we may already be suffering.

    February 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

    • You are so right my friend and we are at a turning point, I am not sure which way we are going! God bless you!

      February 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

      • It is crucial that the American people waken to the facts surrounding Obama and his presidency. I am deeply concerned where, in a nation of 78 pressing Christian, this is happening.

        I tried reblogging that article but couldn’t figure out how to do it. lol. Guess i’m not too bright. smiling

        February 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

  5. Look at the top bar when you visit a site on WP Micheal, if you are logged in you will see several buttons including like, following, and reblog. If you want to reblog something on WP to another site on WP all you have to do is click on reblog, a box will come up so that you can make comments if you want to add them to the post on your end, then all you do is click on reblog post in the box and wait for it to tell you it is done.

    February 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

  6. Excellent post. I read “The Brothers Karamazov” years old; it is a classic. I have read maybe 20 pages of Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”. Words of warning to the United States. Obama is in power because men have forgotten God in America.

    Did you know that Josef Stalin was so paranoid (because he slaughtered millions of Soviets) that he slept in one of nine bedrooms; each bedroom had a steel door. I don’t think his wife knew where he slept at night.

    When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, they captured Josef Stalin’s son. Immediately, Stalin put his son’s family in prison in case he tried to defect to the Nazis.

    I believe that the Eastern Front in World War II might have been the greatest wartime carnage in the history of the planet. It was God’s judgment on Nazism and Communism. Looks like the Lord was trying to kill two devils (Hitler and Stalin) with one stone.

    “Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky–Philip Yancey”

    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/tolstoy-and-dostoyevsky-philip-yancey/

    “Fyodor Dostoyevsky–Joseph Frank”

    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2010/04/fyodor-dostoyevsky.html

    February 14, 2013 at 2:46 am

    • It is too bad that our children are not learning the true history of what it was like under Stalin and Lenin. So many people today seem to think that ‘”share the wealth” and all the other crap that leftist put out there is just something good. They have no idea of the reality of life under this type of system. These books should be required reading. i read “The Brothers Karamazov” myself, but it was more because I was and still am, a voracious reader and not because it was required. This administration is taking the classics that are still left in the classroom away and replacing them with government reports. I get angry at what is happening in our schools and the fact that no one seems to be willing to stand up to them. God bless you Tim, and thank you for the links.

      February 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

  7. I reblogged this post on my High Plains Drifter blog: http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2013/02/men-have-forgotten-god.html

    February 14, 2013 at 3:14 am

    • Thank you for the reblog Tim, God bless you!

      February 14, 2013 at 3:19 am

  8. genomega1

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened’ -Alexander Solzhenitsyn via American Minute

    February 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    • God bless you and thank you for the reblog!

      February 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  9. Reblogged this on AMERICAN BLOGGER: GUNNY.G ~ WEBLOG.EMAIL.

    February 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    • Thank you for the reblog and God bless you Gunny G.

      February 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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