Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia in 1918, and at the age of 23 he was sent to prison, accused of anti-Soviet propaganda for having spoken the truth about the horrific war crimes he witnessed that were committed by the Soviet army during WWII. In the labor camp he was forced to work 12 hour days and given only enough food to sustain his life. But it was there that Alexander became a Christian by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Illness and hopelessness were his constant companions until one afternoon, he gave up. Knowing that he would be beaten to death if he quit working, he sat down. He was ready to die. Within minutes, a fellow prisoner walked by, paused in front of him, and quietly drew the symbol of the cross in the dirt. As Alexander pondered the cross, he summoned every ounce of strength left in his weary, diseased body, got up, and went back to work. A few years later, Alexander was released and he spent the rest of his life writing and bringing awareness to the Soviet-forced labor camp system. In 1970, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And in 1973, he published The Gulag Archipelago, an expose on life in a Soviet forced labor camp, which many believe was instrumental in collapse of the communist Soviet Union.
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