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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia this day, Dec. 11, 1918. He was arrested for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin and spent 11 years in prisons and labor camps. He began writing and eventually received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Solzhenitsyn wrote: “At the height of Stalin’s terror … more than 40,000 persons [were] shot per month. … Over there … in psychiatric hospitals … doctors are … injecting people with drugs which destroy their brain.” Solzhenitsyn concluded: “You know the words from the Bible: “Build not on sand, but on rock. … Communist leaders respect only firmness … and laugh at persons who give in to them.”

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