Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
Riding trains, hitching hikes on trucks across Germany, slipping through guarded frontiers with the help of secret guides, he eventually reached Vichy France, and, by the winter of 1943, was back in Virginia.
He wrote: " To escape from a prison camp required a very special state of mind; not only loathing of captivity, but a faith, a hope that is even stronger.
I left behind me brave men, whom captivity had robbed of all hope.
They too loved their families, longed for their villages: yet lacked the faith that drove one to dare ... the fearful chance of escape".
It was a time of revelations for him.
Even the most rational of men, under great stress, may be transported by a new faith and behave like mystics.
Helion knew that he owed his freedom as much to the self-sacrifice of his fellow-men in Arbeitskommando 13,, Stettin, as to his own fierce will and love of life.
After that, he declared, "to return to freedom was to fall to one's knees before the real world and adore it".
In prison he had been able to sketch nothing but figures from life, his guards, his companions in misery.
Now all his desires centered on "rediscovering and singing of the prosaic and yet beautiful world of men and objects so long barred from me by a barbed wire fence".
And, he added: "During the many months in prison camp, all abstract images vanished from my mind".
Before leaving for America, he happened to see his old friend Jean Arp and confided to him his new resolutions.