“The Calf Gored the Oak” Solzhenitsyn (Part IV)

1) Washington Post Feb. 11 1975: “When the Calf Meets the Oak” from a Russian proverb, the book traces the combat that Solzhenitsyn (the calf) led against Soviet totalitarianism (the oak) from his public emergence in 1961 to his exile on Feb. 13, 1974.


A Russian view of the Gulag Archipelago by Yuri V. Bondarev

Criticizing Solzhenitsyn’s book “Every artist of every country only harms himself by remaining for long in a state of constant resentment, for resentment devours his talent, and the writer becomes so biased that the bias devours truth itself.”

Yuri V. Bondarev is a writer who won a Lenin Prize for Literature in 1972.  This was asked by the New York Times for a critique of Mr. Solzhenitsyn’s book


2) Book reviews from the Economist Jan. 10, 1976

“Walls of Hate”

Professor Andrei Sakharov’s short book “My Country and the World” describes Russia’s totalitarian challenge as perhaps the greatest threat to the world’s wellbeing and appeals to the non-communist half of the world not to lose its nerve in the face of that challenge.  Professor Sakharov has hard things to say about western “liberal left faddishness”


3) The Wall Street Journal, Tues. Dec. 18, 1975

Russia’s voices of Dissent by Edmund Fuller


From Under the Rubble edited by Solzhenitsyn

Gulag Archelpelago – chapters “the Soul and Barbed Wire” 55 memorable pages – Women in camp


Solzhenitsyn went to Alaska in June 1976 in search of old Russian colonies in the state.   Went to Sitka, which was named New Archangle, headquarters for the Russian American fur company.  It was there on Oct. 18, 1867 that Alaska was transferred from czarist Russia to the US after and payment of 7.2 million dollars.


4) “The Strangled Cry of Solzhenitsyn,” National Review, August 29, 1975

Editor’s Note: William F. Buckley Jr. p. 929-938

Quotes throughout text:

But the proud skyscrapers stand on, point to the sky, and say: it will never happen here.  This will never come to us, It is not possible here.

We are slaves, but we are striving for freedom. You, however, were born free.  If so, then why do you help our slave owners?

And these two crises, the political crisis of today’s world and the oncoming spiritual crisis, are occurring at the same time.

Has the Berlin Wall convinced anyone?  No again.  It’s being ignored.  It’s there, but it doesn’t affect us.  We’ll never have a wall like that.

Yet the western press writes seriously that the first free elections took place in Portugal.  Lord save us from such free elections.

For communists to have a dialogue with Christianity!  In the Soviet Union this dialogue was a simple matter; they used machine guns and revolvers.

In the meantime, you’ve been outplayed in West Berlin, you’ve been skillfully outplayed in Portugal.  In the Near East you’ve been outplayed.  One shouldn’t have such a low opinion of one’s opponent.

The tanks rumble through Budapest.  It is nothing.  The tanks roar into Czechoslovakia.  It is nothing.  No one else could have been forgiven, but Communism can be excused.

And the person who signs these treaties with you now—these very men and no others – at the same time give orders for persons to be confined in mental hospitals and prisons.

Take the SALT talks alone: in these negotiations your opponent is continually deceiving you.  Either he is test radar in a way which is forbidden by the agreement; or he is violating the limitations on the dimensions of missiles. (picture showing Ford signing something with Breshnev with Kissinger in background)


5) Solzhenitsyn to speak here June 30 at Meany’s invitation June 19, 1975

Meany AFL-CIO President he is distrustful of détente with the Soviet Union, told the Senate Foreign relations committee last year that it is a “one way street in which the Soviet Union maintains all of its basic political objectives, which are fundamentally antagonistic to the west, while it acquires from the West the technology it needs to help overcome the disastrous economic consequences of totalitarianism.”


6) Snubbing Solzhenitsy (Rowland Evans and Robert Novak) July 17, 1975


The affair seems out of character for Ford and it points to pervasive foreign policy influence over the president by Kissinger, wearing duel hats as Secretary of State and national security advisor.


7) “[Capitol] Hill audience Hears Solzhenitsyn” July 16, 1976, Washington Post

Warned American senators and members of Congress yesterday that the ordeal in Vietnam “was the least of the long chain of similar trials which await your country in the near future.”


8. George F Will, July 11, 1975 Washington Post

“Solzhenitsyn and the President”

“The US government may have to expel Alexandr Solzhenitsyn from the republic, not only as a hands-across-the-barbed-wire gesture of solidarity with its détente partner, the Soviet government but also to save the President and his attendants from nervous breakdowns.”


Mingling at the Memorial [Lincoln] July 1975 by Michael Kernan

Longtime friend and defence Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor of National Symphony met with A.I. Solzhenitsyn at Lincoln Memorial


Politiken, Copenhagen, June 19, 1975 “How the Calf Gored the Oak” just published in Paris by Samuel Rachlin



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