Another valuable book is My Mind on Trial, written by Eugen Loebl, an official in Czechoslovakia during their communist period. By itself, this book is another reason why communist history should be studied: to be mentally prepared for interrogation. It is Eugen’s testimony as to how he performed in his interrogation, describing in detail what he suffered.
Eugen’s psychological warfare began prior to arrest; a sudden order came from his superiors to write his biography in full (Leobl 33). As soon as word of this went out, people avoided him, even getting out of previously made plans (Leobl 36). Page 38 has Loebl making the classic, mistaken assumption that Solzhenitsyn reports in new suspects, that “they will set things straight and let you out” (Solz i12). Loebl assumed that his superiors would realize that he was innocent. That is not how communism works.