May. 12th, 2017

mlknchz: (Default)
People tend to think of authoritarian dictatorships as all-powerful entities. Let's not forget the White Rose https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose and the Rosenstrasse Protest https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenstrasse_protest.

β€œAnd how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Profile

mlknchz: (Default)
The Lord of Desultory Manor

June 2017

S M T W T F S
    123
4 5678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Most Popular Tags

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 24th, 2017 06:40 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios