Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - Documentary

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - also known as Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn - was a Nobel-Prize winning author born in Russia on the 11th of December, 1918.  His father died before Alexander was born.

Raised by his widowed mother (and his aunt) in humble circumstances, Solzhenitsyn served his country during World War II as the commander of a unit in the Red Army.  His doubts about the moral foundations of the Soviet Union grew during that time frame.

In February of 1945, Solzhenitsyn wrote a letter - to a friend - in which he criticized Joseph Stalin (then the country's leader).  Accused, then convicted, of writing anti-Soviet propaganda, he was given an eight-year sentence. 

His punishment required him to work in a Siberian forced-labor camp, but he turned those dreadful experiences into brilliant works of literature (such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich).

Winning the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature, Solzhenitsyn was deported from Russia in 1974 (soon after the first volume of his acclaimed work, The Gulag Archipelago was published).  He lived, for a short time, in Switzerland before moving to Vermont.  He continued to live in exile, in America, until the collapse of the USSR in 1994. 

This clip, from a documentary about the famous writer, includes scenes as he - together with most members of his family - prepare to return to the land of his birth.

Media Credits

Clip from a BBC documentary on Solzhenitsyn.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Online, courtesy YouTube.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the documentary.


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