Victory: Forsake Your Life


“From the moment you go to prison you must put your cozy past firmly behind you. You must say to yourself: My life is over…I shall never return to freedom. I am condemned to die—now or a little later…I no longer have any property whatsoever. For me those I love have died, and for them I have died. From today on, my body is useless and alien to me. Only my spirit and my conscience remain precious and important to me.”

“Confronted by such a prisoner, the interrogator will tremble. Only the man who has renounced everything can win that victory.”

(Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918— , in Soviet Prison, hard labor, beginning in 1945; later won the Nobel Prize for Literature)

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