How would someone come to terms with a totalitarian state? How would I adjust if I lived in one? Could I adjust and survive? Most Americans have probably at least wondered how Nazi Germany’s or Soviet Russia’s citizens endured.
I grew up during WWII and then the cold war. We were warned repeatedly that unless we defeated these states, this would be our fate. Today’s generations are threatened by different dangers. One growing one is how would you survive under Sharia Islamic Law? Different dangers, similar thoughts.
A simple, and even enjoyable way is to see into the mind of a 1938 Soviet criminal inspector. An utterly fascinating insight as to how he remains a loyal Soviet citizen, yet retains values we today applaud.
Holy Thief, written by William Ryan, St. Martin’s Press, 2010, lets us see into the mind and thoughts of a variety of 1938 Stalin era individuals, both East and West. Ryan’s work is also a great read.