Cântarea Crăciunului din închisoare ~ Richard Wurmbrand

Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand - Photo credit http://richardwurmbrandfoundation.com

Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand – Photo credit Wurmbrand family http://richardwurmbrandfoundation.com

Dragii noştri credincioşi

„Lăudați pe Domnul cu harfa; …Cântați-I o cântare nouă.” (Psalmul 33:2-3)

Misiunea noastră și-a primit cadourile: cadourile unor lacrimi noi și a unui sânge nou ce a fost vărsat acolo unde creștini sunt persecutați de către duşmanii lui Dumnezeu. Exact cu trei luni înainte de acest Crăciun, pe 25 septembrie, pastorul iranian Mohammed Ravanbakhsh a fost omorât. Familia lui cântă fără el. El cântă un cântec nou în cer. Atunci când vei cânta bucuros în jurul bradului de Crăciun, gândește-te la o soră sau un frate iranian sau chinez, care stă cu degetele atârnate într-un cui în perete și cu vârful picioarelor de abia atingând pământul, sau la alte asemenea torturi. Și dă-le ca și un cadou de Crăciun, cel puțin un gând de dragoste și o lacrimă.

Iată aici un poem compus în ascuns în închisoare de frații noștri din Rusia în urmă cu 30 de ani:

„Toți dorm, numai un prizonier
Nu poate dormi, nici visa
Ci îngenunchează în rugăciune.
El spune: „Dumnezeul meu, știu
Că Tu ești totdeauna cu mine.
Și chiar și aici în închisoare
Îmi amintesc de lucrarea mâinilor Tale!
Mântuitorul meu călăuzește-mă
Prin suferință, ispită și întuneric.
Chiar și aici voi răspândi veștile Tale
Voi spune altora ceea ce Tu spui.”

Cântece precum acestea sunt cântate în noaptea de Crăciun de către sfinții lui Dumnezeu în închisorile comuniste. Nu sunt colinde mai plăcute Domnului decât acestea. Noi considerăm că este datoria noastră de a vă reaminti în vremurile voastre de bucurie, de cei care au parte de cea mai mare bucurie: aceea de a suferi de dragul lui Hristos. (Filipeni 1:29)

wurmbrand 15Cu 45 de ani în urmă eram în închisoare și era în preajma Crăciunului. Iarna venise cu furtuni de zăpadă. Țurțuri mari de gheață atârnau de streașina acoperișului și promoroaca făcea forme ciudate de sticla de la fereastră. Frigul de afară îți tăia respirația. În decembrie zăpada ajunsese groasă de aproape doi metri. Se zicea că era cea mai grea iarnă din ultimii 100 de ani. Nu avem încălzire, dar fiecare aveam câte trei pături, deoarece de fiecare dată când cineva din Camera 4 murea, noi îl luam pătura. Dar mai apoi a avut loc o razie și am fost lăsați din nou cu o singură pătură fiecare. Dormeam îmbrăcați toată iarna. De multe ori nu primeam nici măcar o bucată de pâine. Supa făcută din morcovi, care erau prea putreziți pentru a fi vânduți, era din ce în ce mai subțire.

În ajunul Crăciunului discuțiile din închisoare erau foarte sobre, puține certuri, fără înjurături și nu prea multe glume. Fiecare bărbat se gândea la cei iubiți ai lui și exista un sentiment de comuniune cu restul umanități, sentiment care de obicei era departe de viețile noastre.

Vorbeam de Hristos, dar în tot acest timp mâinile și picioarele îmi erau reci ca și gheața, dinții îmi clănțăneau în gură, din cauza foamei stomacul îmi era un ghem de gheață care mi se răspândea în tot corpul până când nu-mi mai simțeam decât inima bătând. Când m-am oprit din vorbit, un amic, fermier simplu, a continuat de unde m-am oprit eu. Aristar nu fusese niciodată la școală. Totuși, vorbea așa de natural despre scena nativității ca și cum ar fi avut loc în grajdul lui în aceea săptămână și în ochii tuturor celor ce ascultau erau lacrimi.

wurmbrand 10Cineva a început să cânte în închisoare în acea seară. La început vocea lui a fost mai timidă și de abia și-a făcut loc prin mulțimea gândurile mele legate de soția și fiul meu. Dar încet încet vocea a început să răzbească tot mai minunat prin aerul limpede și rece, până când ecoul ei a inundat coridoarele și toți s-au oprit din ceea ce făceau.

Eram foarte tăcuți atunci când s-a oprit. Gardienii, adunați în cazarmele lor în jurul unei sobe de fontă, nu s-au agitat toată seara. Am început să spunem povești și când mi s-a cerut și mie să spun una, m-am gândit la cântec și le-am spus această veche legendă evreiască: Regele Saul al lui Israel, l-a adus la palat pe David păstorul adorat pentru nimicirea uriașului Goliat. David iubea muzica și era încântat să vadă la palat o harfă de o mare frumesețe. Saul i-a zis: „Am plătit scump acest instrument, dar am fost înșelat. Scoate doar sunete urâte.” David a luat instrumentul în mâini și a început să scoată din el o muzică încântătoare care a i-a mișcat pe toți cei prezenți. Harfa părea să râdă, să cânte și să plângă. Regele Saul a întrebat: „Cum se face că toți muzicieni pe care i-am adus doar au făcut larmă cu el și doar tu ai reușit să scoți muzică din el?” David, viitorul rege a răspuns: „Cei dinaintea mea toți au încercat să-și cânte propriile cântece pe aceste coarde. Dar eu am cântat propriul ei cântec. I-am amintit cum a fost un copac tânăr, cu păsări care ciripeau între ramurile lui și crengi verzi și frunze care înfloreau în soare. I-am amintit de ziua în care au venit să-l taie și ați auzit plânsetul lui din degetele mele, dar eu i-am explicat că acesta nu este sfârșitul. Moartea lui ca și copac însemna începutul unei noi vieți în care, ca și harfă, îi va da glorie lui Dumnezeu; și ați auzit bucuria ei din mâinile mele.” Tot așa, atunci când va veni Mesia, mulți vor încerca să-și cânte cu El propriile cântece, iar muzica lor va fi dură. Noi trebuie să cântăm pe harfa Lui, propria Lui cântare, cântarea vieții Lui, a patimilor, a bucuriei, suferințelor, morții și învierii Lui. Doar atunci muzica va fi cea adevărată.

Un astfel de cântec a fost auzit la acel Crăciun în închisoarea de la Târgu-Ocna. (Această istorisire poate fi găsită şi în cartea Cu Dumnezeu în subterană…)

Isus își hrănește oile Sale printre crini. Dorim doar să vă amintim de crini, suflete albe ca și zăpada, care își poartă crucea cu bucurie de dragul Mântuitorului. Cerem pentru ei o rugăciune, o lacrimă și un gând de iubire.

Al vostru în Hristos,
Richard Wurmbrand.

Articol publicat iniţial în Revista Vocea Martirilor, Luna Decembrie, Anul 1996, p. 2
Traducere: Daniel Făşie pentru Harfa de Aur.ro – Creaţie şi Cântare.

SURSA – http://www.resursecrestine.ro/

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Richard Wurmbrand Obtains Clothing for His Freezing Fellow Inmates in a Communist Prison

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Excerpt from „Our Daily Prison”, an article written by a former inmate of Romania’s communist prison system. It appeared a few years ago in a Romanian historical magazine. (Translated into English at the

Richard Wurmbrand College in Iasi, Romania)

“We were in the transit room waiting for our departure to the Pitesti [communist prison] …I went on to introduce myself to those whom I had not met yet when I got to the second prisoner who, … had caught my attention as soon as he had been introduced in the room. [This prisoner]  continued to be one of the most controversial persons I had ever met during my detention. I am talking about Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. He was an unusual man not only in terms of his looks, but also in terms of his behavior, a man who could not pass as unnoticeable. Tall and well-built among the other prisoners, at first sight it seemed that the dungeon had not managed to alter his body. Appearances were, however, deceitful. … We stayed together from the moment I met him on the first day until the following day when the [communist] Security [police] set on different destinations. The curiosity he had awakened in me at first turned into an ever growing interest which was also determined by the quaint attraction he had on those listening to him. He was endowed with the gift of speaking and seemed to be a natural born preacher. He was simple, but always logical in arguments and he was always ready to tackle the most arid theological problems, thus charming his audience. He spoke with conviction and he was persuasive.

…The Pastor had made it his mission to share the Gospel with unbelievers, being passionate about bringing Jews to Christianity. Thus, he started his activity right in the ghetto of the [capital] city [Bucharest.] … Despite the opposition of fanatic Jews who were restless because of this intruder, Wurmbrand was not affected by the rumor he was causing and went on spreading Christ’s Word with tireless passion and perseverance. His church was ever growing and his sermons were ever more listened to which made the animosities grow even stronger inside the Jewish community. …

When the war began, …[a number of Jews] …were sent to concentration camps. A lot of Jews told me about countless such cases for which Wurmbrand fought and managed to get permission from the authorities to let them stay home. This fact has been confirmed by Roman Catholic priests among whom Bishop Schubert [who was imprisoned as well, NT.] More often than not, in such cases when Wurmbrand could not fulfill his goals through his relationships, he would ask for help from the Catholic organizations or even higher Catholic prelates to intervene with the authorities or use their personal influence with different personalities of the regime. I was told that he had similar relationships with the Patriarchate as well, in order to obtain their support in his tireless work of helping the persecuted. … At the end of the war, the Soviet invasion completely changed the country. … The most representative public figures, political and cultural personalities, as well as traditional national institutions became the target of these stumblebums, who were willing to play the game of the invader which meant the collapse of the Romanian society. The church was a primary objective on this list of mass destruction. All the denominations suffered from all kinds of pressures…

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand went on taking care of his parish and helping the persecuted, as he had done before the Russians came. The cataclysm that turned the world upside down around him did not manage to change the course of his life. He dedicated himself with the same passion and energy to his activity. Now only the names of the victims, whose suffering he kept trying to alleviate, changed.  Bishop Schubert told me about the relationships that the Catholic Church had with Wurmbrand during those times and how fruitful their collaboration with him was in helping people who were suffering or were in danger. …. Wurmbrand… did not hesitate even once in saving countless Saxons of Transylvania and Schwabs people doomed to deportation in USSR… Abuses were piling up as sick, old and young people were taken out of their houses as well as women with infants …  Wurmbrand … made use of his Jewish relationships, which were very precious during those times when many key positions were in the hands of the Jews. Another advantage was that he could speak Russian, which allowed him to go up to the Soviet administration and army offices where he was tireless in getting favor for his causes. Bishop Schubert had only words of praise for Wurmbrand’s support towards the church’s efforts to save a lot of German families from Romania from deportation.

The most spectacular action Wurmbrand set in motion, recounted by many priests with whom I shared the prison cell, took place in 1945. During that year the regime summoned a “Congress of all Denominations” held inside the parliament buiding. Several thousand representatives of the clergy of all denominations came from all over the country. …. The Patriarch blessed the gathering and Petru Groza, the Prime Minister, had the opening speech. Burducea, the Minister of Religious Affairs, whom they said was a former priest, was seated next to him. What followed was a parody of a congress, that only communists could orchestrate. Groza spoke about the role of the church in the new organization of the state and then the speakers from the clerical spoke. All their speeches followed the same pattern, each and every one of them affirming their wish to collaborate with the government. … The outbreak of terror had the regime’s desired outcome: public declarations of allegiance and collaboration…. under Stalin’s parenting eye that was watching from the painting that dominated the audience. There had been a number of speakers when Pastor Wurmbrand signed up to say something as the representative of “Swedish Missionary Church” and of “The Ecumenical Council of Churches.” The first few phrases did not give way to a different speech than those before his. While tackling the subject deeper, the audience started paying more attention. ….

When Wurmbrand finally pointed in his conclusion the incompatibility of the church of Christ to collaborate with the Marxist-atheistic regime, the whole room became chaotic. The applause of those who thought alike but did not have the courage to voice their opinions mingled with the rebukes of those who did not agree with him or who just wanted to be seen protesting. …. Pastor Wurmbrand was the only participant at the congress who had the courage to defy the regime at the peak of the meeting, thus openly rejecting any kind of collaboration. The reply came a few months later. Wurmbrand was arrested. …

A few years later, while still in prison, I found out about another episode from Wurmbrand’s life, this time from his detention period. …Wurmbrand was sent to the Tirgu Ocna prison…. Tirgu Ocna meant the last step of their detention. It was here that a large number of young students arrested after August 23, found their death tortured while investigated, submitted to the torture of “reeducation” or to the extreme labor at the Canal, starved to death in the first awful years of the communist regime. …. Those who did not have the chance to die in other prisons, found their death at Tirgu Ocna…..

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Richard Wurmbrand – Ce inseamna numele de Crestin

wurmbrand 20Drumul spre culmi – Richard Wurmbrand (Romanian)
“Pentru întîia data, ucenicilor li s-a dat numele de crestini în Antiohia.“ (Faptele Apostolilor 11:26)

„Se spune ca odata,niste balene înotau pe lînga tarmul Americii si se întrebau filozofic cine erau ele de fapt. Deodata auzira niste copii strigînd: “Priviti! Balene!” Atunci balenele fura fericite. Stiau
de-acum care le era numele si îsi închipuiau ca stiau si ce erau ele în realitate.

Unor crestini, în acelasi chip, oamenii le-au dat numele de “crestini” si ei se însala crezînd ca acest nume dezvaiuie realitatea lor interioara.

Nu-i tocmai asa. Domnul a spus:
“Prin aceasta vor cunoaste toti ca sînteti ucenicii Mei, daca veti avea dragoste unii pentru altii” (Ioan 13:35) si nu “pentru ca purtati anumit nume”.

În alpii Italieni, taranii au obiceiul sa lase, în noaptea de Craciun usa descuiata, soba calda si cina pregatita, pentru ca Sfînta Familie, urmarita de Irod, sa afle un loc de refugiu în casa lor. Ostiacii, un trib mongol din Siberia, loc de deportare pe vremea tarilor si a bolsevicilor, lasa totdeauna mîncare afara, lînga usa, pentru ca prizonierii fugari sa poata gasi noapte ceva cu care sa-si potoleasca foamea.

Noi sîntem ceea ce sîntem, nu ceea ce sîntem numiti. Isus si sfintii sînt totdeauna fugari în lumea asta. Ne pasa oare de cei ce sufera de lipsuri? Faptele noastre arata ce sîntem.”

Richard Wurmbrand – Why worry about things far away?

wurmbrand 20“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.” MATTHEW 6:34

„A Scotsman,traveling on a slow train from Glasgow to London, bought a ticket only to the first station; there he bought a ticket to the second, and so forth. He was asked why. His answer was, “I might have a heart attack while traveling and never reach London. In that case, I would have saved on my fare.”

What about saving on worry and apprehension? Why worry about things far away? Perhaps those fears will prove unfounded. Perhaps you will die before arriving at that critical moment. Buy a ticket for one station at a time.

Jesus is the head of His church. Being the head, He has the monopoly on headaches.
For you to have a headache because of worry is a sin.
You thereby usurp the role of the head, which belongs to Jesus alone.

Luther had a habit of going to the window in the evening and saying, “God, is it my world or Yours? Is it my church or Yours? If they are Your world and Your church, please take care of them. I am tired. I am going to bed. Good night, my God.”

Take this attitude.The Talmud says,“When the sun has set,the day is clean.” When the evening comes, leave all the past day’s problems and failures with Jesus. Take no thought of tomorrow. Sleep well. Tomorrow’s worries might never reach you.They may even vanish overnight.

Have a good day and a good night without worrying.”
Reaching Toward the Heights – Richard Wurmbrand

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Pregateste-te pentru moarte ~ Richard Wurmbrand

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Iosua, inainte de a pleca la Domnul, a spus: „Am imbatranit. Si sunt inaintat in zile, dar vreau, cat mai am putere, vreau sa vorbesc. Si fiindca nu stiu nici eu cand voi sfarsi drumul meu pe acest pamant, unul din gandurile pe care le am: As vrea sa stiu cum sa mor. Unii mor tare frumos. Altora le e tare greu sa moara. Unii vorbesc inainte de moarte, cuvinte  care zidesc pe altii. Altii sunt disperati ei si raspandesc imprejurul lor disperare. Stim cu ce cuvinte a murit Isus, care sunt ultimele Lui cuvinte cand era pe cruce. Si despre aceste cuvinte vreau sa va spun cateva cuvinte. Primul cuvant de care stim ca l-a spus, a fost: „Tata, iarta-i.” Pe cine sa-i ierte? Iarta-i- sunt romanii, sunt evreii, sunt aia buni, sunt aia rai, aia de religia Lui, aia de alte religii, aia bogati, aia saraci. Iarta-i! El s-a rugat pentru fiecare dintre noi. Pentru aia buni, pentru aia rai; El s-a rugat pentru toti: „Iarta-i!”

Si a adus si un argument, pentru ce sa fie iertati: Pentru ca nu stiu ce fac. Va dati seama ca toti cei ce v-au facut un rau in viata, pe care i-ati vazut facand rau altora, n-au stiut ce au facut. Albania a avut 3 milioane de locuitori si dupa 40 de ani de comunism a ramas cu 1 milion. Unde s-au dus ceilalti? N-au plecat de acolo; n-au putut sa fuga. A fost o teroare grozava. Si m-am intalnit cu frati care au fost in inchisoare acolo, 20 de ani, si am vorbit acolo despre iubire si iertare. Era o adunare mare. Pe urma, a venit un preot catolic; asta e credinta cea mai raspandita in Albania, pe langa cea musulmana. Un preot catolic, care mi-a spus, „De 40 de ani, eu n-am mai auzit in tara aceasta cuvintele „dragoste si iertare”. Cat au fost comunistii la putere, au spus numai „moarte si ura”. Si acuma, comunistii au cazut de la putere si acuma, aia care i-au luat locul  striga iarasi: „Moarte si ura!” Iar, iertare si dragoste, pana acuma n-am mai auzit. Zic, „Dar, dvs. sunteti preot. dvs., in biserica dvs., spuneti ‘dragoste si iertare’? „Nu pot sa spun. Eu am stat la inchisoare 20 de ani si nu pot sa spun sa fie iertati, fiindca astia au stiut ce au facut.” Isus a spus despre rastignitorii Lui. Ei n-au stiut. Dar astia, au stiut si nu ma pot ruga pentru ei in felul acesta.” Si i-am spus lui, ceea ce vreau sa va spun si dvs.: „Ca, OAMENII NU STIU CE FAC.”  Iarta-i pe toti cei care ti-au facut rau. Nu stiu ce fac si va voi ilustra prin cateva pilde:

Orasul din Romania care are cel mai mare procent de criminalitate e Ocna Sibiului. Si s-au intrebat oamenii, de ce in Ocna Sibiului  sa fie mai multe crimde decat la Brasov sau decat la Bucuresti sau la Fagaras. Ocna SIbiului are o foarte mare inchisoare, cladita acuma 200 de ani de regina Maria Tereza. Si erau criminali acolo, stateau in inchisoare 10 ani, 15 ani, 20. Cand s-au eliberat, unde sa se mai duca? Nu mai aveau familie, nu mai aveau pe nimeni. Isi gasea o femeie acolo in loc si acolo a trait. Si toti cei care locuiesc in Ocna Sibiului astazi sunt urmasii criminalilor  de acum 200 de ani. Si este o criminalitate cum nu exista in alta parte. Sa stii, ca multe din pacatele noastre sunt mostenite. Eram la inchisoare, cu criminali, cu talhari, cu ucigasi, si-i intrebam pe fiecare din ei: „Cum a fost tatal tau?” Eram cu talhari de meserie. Si vorbeam in fiecare zi din Scriptura si ascultau. Puteam sa le spun 9 porunci din cele 10 si nu ma intrerupeau. Dar cand am spus: „Cinsteste pe tatal tau si pe mama ta,” urlau: „NU!” Si incepeau sa spuna cine a fost tatal lor si cine a fost bunicul lor. E criminalitate innascuta. Exista alcoholism innascut. Exista curvie mostenita de la parinti si asa mai departe. Nu totul este de la noi. Noi am mostenit.

A fost la inchisoare un hot de buzunar. Furase 300 lei si avea pentru asta 3 ani de inchisoare. Si l-am intrebat: „Pai, merita sa furi 300 lei si sa faci 3 ani de inchisoare?” Mi-a spus: „Nu ma judecati, ca daca ati fi fost ca mine, ca mine ati fi facut. Toti 4 bunici ai mei au fost hoti de buzunar si amandoi parinti au fost hoti de buzunar. Eu, cand eram copil de 5 sau 6 ani, parintii mei m-au invatat, cu manutele astea fine, cum sa fur. Toata viata mea eu n-am facut altceva. Dar eu sunt un hot crestin. Eu stiu cand sa fur. Eu nu ma duc niciodata sa fur la o inmormantare, ca oamenii sunt asa de tristi ca le-a murit cineva drag. Ce sa le mai maresc eu tristetea? Eu ma duc sa fur la nunti. La orice nunta, se risipesc oamenii incoace si incolo. Daca mai iau si eu ceva, nu conteaza.Eu stiu din ce sa fur. Si din ceea ce fur, eu stiu sa dau la saraci. Si din ceea ce fur, eu dau la biserica.” Si omul asta statea ore in genunchi si se ruga lui Dumnezeu si atribuia pacatul lui la ceea ce a mostenit. Ca n-a fost nimeni, cine sa-l scoata din mostenirea aceasta.

Daca ai vreun pacat, leapada-te de el, macar de dragul copiilor, ca copiii il vad si nepotii il vad, si te miri cand o sa revezi pacatul acesta in urmasii tai. 

Altii sunt pacatosi din cauza imprejurarilor in care au trait. Ei au numai cazuri extreme. Am fost in celula cu unul care era condamnat la moarte si la un moment dat mi-a spus: „Pot sa ma spovedesc la dvs.?” Am zis: „Spovediti-va la Dumnezeu, nu la mine. Dar daca credeti ca este bine, puteti sa o faceti cu glas tare, poate ca va sunt cu ceva de folos.” Si a inceput, omul acela, sa povesteasca viata lui. Mama lui era croitoreasa. Tatal era de meserie betiv. Venea odata pe saptamana si o batea pe mama, si-i lua toti banii pe care ea ii castigase din croitorie. Si ea, pentru ea si copiii ei, nu mai avea. Si asa a trait el toata copilaria lui. Cand a avut el vreo 15-16 ani, au venit la putere in Romania, legionarii; legionarii erau o organizatie antisemita, fascista, dar aveau si ceva frumos. Aveau niste camesi verzi, cu niste curele diagonale si „am zis, sa fiu si eu legionar, sa se uite o fata si la mine. Sa fiu si eu cineva.” Si s-a facut legionar. Si am fost, legionarii, la putere vreo 3 luni. Dupa 3 luni, a venit Antonescu si i-a bagat la puscarie  pe legionari si l-a bagat si pe el, fiindca a vrut si el sa fie un cineva si a imbracat o camasa verde. Si a stat in toti anii a lui Antonescu si au vent comunistii la putere, si, si ei au tinut pe legionari la inchisoare. Si pentru ca de la 15 ani a vrut sa fie si el un cineva, acuma avea vreo 40 de ani. Si tot la puscarie platea chestiunea aceasta.

Ca, in inchisoare fiind, comunistii, la un moment dat, au facut o propunere detinutilor: „Care incepeti sa bateti pe ceilalti detinuti, noi va eliberam. Dar nu o batatie, asa, sa-i dai cateva palme, sa-l bati la sange si sa-l torturezi.” Poate ati auzit de ce s-a intamplat la inchisoarea din Pitesti. Niste torturi de neinchipuit, ce nici nu se pot spune in tr-o adunare publica. Asa lucruri grozave au facut. Si asta, daca a auzit ca o sa-l elibereze, a fost unul din cei mai rai tortionari din Romania. A torturat pe tovarasii lui de inchisoare, cu gand sa scape. Si dupa ce i-a torturat si i-a torturat, comunistii i-a condamnat la moarte pe aia ce au torturat. Si acuma era in celula cu mine,  si mi se spovedea de crimele lui. Dar, m-am gandit , cat din crima lui este a lui si cat este a societatii in care el a crescut?

Si voi, daca va intalniti cu pacate la altii, in familia dvs. oriunde, sa stiti ca la Beniamin, fratele lui Iosif, s-a gasit un pahar furat. Dar nu-l furase el; i-a fost bagat acolo, in sacul lui. Si sa stiti ca nu toate pacatele noastre sunt ale noastre, ne-au fost bagate de cei de la care le mostenim. Gandeste-te, inainte de a concepe un copil, copilul va reproduce o parte din tine. Eu am un privilegiu pe care mi l-a dat Dumnezeu, ca imi cunosc foarte multi stramosi. Stiti ca eu sunt evreu si ma trag din familie de rabini, rabini, rabini. Sute de ani de rabini. Si unii dintre ei au fost rabini celebri ce au scris carti si s-a scris despr ei carti si eu stiu vietile lor. Asta din partea mamei. Din partea tatalui, nu va pot spune, ca o sa va fie greu sa credeti. Cat de mult stiu pe stramosii mei din partea mamei, cunosc si pe aia din partea tatalui, cunosc si biografiile lor. S-a publicat o biografie de curand a stramosilor mei  si gasesc in mine, cand citesc pe stramosul meu, taman ce eram eu indemnat sa fac din tinerete. Noi dam, nu numai infatisarea fizica copiilor nostri, si la nepotii nostri, dar le comunicam si pacatele noastre si eu zic: „Eu nu stiu de ce el face asa ceva.” De ce nu stii de ce face? Multe pacate sunt mostenite, iar altele se datoreaza unei educatii gresite, ceea ce-i invatam pe copii si ceea ce-i invata altii la scoala. As putea sa va dau in privinta asta multe pilde. (Din primele 15:50 minute- mai raman 9 minute din primul video si 22 de minute din al doilea video.)

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Richard Wurmbrand – S-au implinit 105 ani de la nasterea acestui erou al credintei

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Richard Wurmbrand March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001

Multumim saitului Aradul Evanghelic  ca ne-a reamintit, a semnalat aniversarea de 105 ani de la nasterea lui Richard Wurmbrand. Cititi un fragment din cartea Pastorului Daniel Branzei, ‘Amintiri cu Sfinti’ – un capitol referitor la Richard Wurmbrand:

Omeneşte vorbind, Richard Wurmbrand era o apariţie fizică deosebit de atrăgătoare. Un bărbat înalt (peste 1,85 m), bine clădit şi cu o gestică armonioasă şi care, în pofida înălţimii (destul de rar întâlnite pe vremea aceea), avea o ţinută foarte dreaptă. Un păr des blond‑castaniu şi uşor rebel îi acoperea capul. Profilul vulturesc exprima o voinţă deosebită. Iar ochii… ei bine, ochii degajau o sfântă nebunie, ca aceea a unui revoluţionar idealist.

Acest om, dacă nu şi‑ar fi biruit tema, în mod aproape sigur, ar fi putut să decadă în narcisism. Nu s‑a întâmplat asta, în viaţa sa necreştină, pentru că avea un simţ al umorului şi un şarm ieşit din comun. Dar în aceste condiţii, ar fi putut ajunge un show‑man celebru, îndrăgostit de poantele sale. Nici asta nu s‑a întâmplat, pentru că acest om avea în tema sa încrustat programul idealurilor revoluţionare, în sensul bun al cuvântului, program care presupune lepădarea de sine.

Nu ştiu de ce, cei mai mulţi dintre cei care l‑au cunoscut pe Richard Wurmbrand se feresc să se refere la trecutul său comunist, crezând probabil că dacă ar face‑o, ar ştirbi din demnitatea înfăţişării sale spirituale ulterioare. Eu nu mă feresc să o fac, pentru că tocmai asta mi‑a plăcut în mod deosebit. Un comunist, care se căieşte de rătăcirea sa filosofică, în care, de altfel, a crezut sincer, şi I se alătură lui Christos într‑o direcţie contrară, mi se pare un bărbat al maximei bravuri. Maiakovsky a fost şi el un comunist idealist, care a jertfit totul pentru Revoluţie (inclusiv frumuseţea sa fizică). Cunoscând cu timpul adevărata realitate a revoluţiei bolşevice şi el, ca şi Wurmbrand, a fost dezamăgit de moarte. Dar acea dezamăgire, în loc să‑l conducă spre căutarea febrilă a unei alte soluţii, a unui alt adevăr adevărat, l‑a dezarmat şi l‑a făcut să nu găsească altceva decât sărăcăcioasa şi terminala soluţie a sinuciderii. Maikovsky şi‑a distrus pe veci propria temă, în loc să o biruie.

Pe când eram în Romănia, am căutat să aflu câte ceva despre această postură comunistă inedită a lui Richard Wurmbrand. Am încercat s‑o trag de limbă pe o veche comunistă, Ofelia Manole (era mama unui coleg de‑al meu de facultate), care ani de zile fusese şefa secţiei pentru cultură a Partidului Comunist, în obsedantul deceniu ‘50. Când am întrebat‑o despre Richard Wurmbrand, mi‑a răspuns cu năduf: „Un trădător!” Şi ce soartă cumplită a avut această revoluţionară intransigentă! A fost împuşcată (în anii ‘80) de către soldaţii Securităţii (Securitate pentru a cărei constituire ea luptase atât de mult) şi care păzeau sediul Organizaţiei pentru Eliberarea Palestinei de pe strada Alexandru Sahia din Bucureşti. Neînţelegând valoarea ei revoluţionară, răcanii de tip nou (ienicerii partidului) se îmbătaseră în timpul serviciului de gardă şi, învrednicindu‑se ei cu curaj etilic, deschiseseră focul spre casele oamenilor!

Adevărul e că cu însuşirile sale intelectuale şi cu energia deosebită de care dădea dovadă, Richard Wurmbrand ar fi putut să fie cu brio unul dintre capii Partidului Comunist de după război.Iată, citesc într‑un număr al României Libere că, la 18 iulie 1933, „procesul ceferiştilor de la Griviţa” se deschidea la Bucureşti, aproape de locul grevei, lângă Gara de Nord. Printre acuzaţi îl găsim şi pe „Richard Wurmbrand, care suferise deja o condamnare de trei ani pentru agitaţie comunistă”. (…) „Sentinţa este dată la 20 august 1933. Două pedepse cu muncă silnică pe viaţă: Constantin Doncea şi Gheorghe Petrescu. Gheorghe Vasilichi, 20 ani muncă silnică. Gheorghe Gheorghiu‑Dej şi Chivu Stoica câte 15 ani, Marin Ioan‑Ionescu, 12 ani muncă silnică, Richard Wurmbrand 10 ani etc.”

După cum ştim bine cu toţii, printre comuniştii de dinainte de război nu se găseau oameni de credinţă, ateismul fiind una dintre condiţiile sine qua non ale afilierii la acea mişcare. Totuşi, Richard Wurmbrand a continuat să‑şi pună probleme într‑un domeniu pe care toţi ceilalţi îl considerau tabu. Şi asta pentru că alăturarea sa la acel partid comunist nu a fost un fenomen de rinocenizare sau de oportunism ieftin, ci o aspiraţie pur idealistă de căutare a adevărului şi a dreptăţii. Dar adevărul şi dreptatea nu aveau ce căuta printre semidocţii de celulă şi hulitorii de Dumnezeu.

Într‑una dintre cărţile sale, Richard Wurmbrand ne mărturiseşte despre prima sa rugăciune la care a recurs atunci când ajuns pe culmile disperării morale. Iat‑o: „Dumnezeule, eu ştiu bine că Tu nu exişti. Acesta este un adevăr ştiinţific demonstrat. Dar dacă totuşi, printr‑o întâmplare, Tu, totuşi exişti, atunci să ştii bine că e de datoria Ta să mi Te descoperi mie!” Ce vreţi? Rugăciune de revoluţionar!

Şi Dumnezeu, care exista, „printr‑o întâmplare”, i S‑a descoperit, pentru că a văzut în Richard Wurmbrand pe unul care şi‑a biruit teama cu toate tentaţiile ei. Iar această descoperire a făcut ca, pe când Gheorghiu‑Dej, Ana Pauker, Iosif Chişinevschi şi acoliţii lor se lăfăiau într‑un lux indecent de regal, după „victorie”, el să locuiască într‑o mansardă a Misiunii Norvegiene pentru Creştinarea Evreilor din România, în inima cartierului sărac evreiesc din Bucureşti.

Când am ajuns în Los Angeles ca proaspăt emigrant, mi‑a oferit găzduire, în amintirea prieteniei pe care o avea pentru tatăl meu, care tocmai trecuse în veşnicie. Acolo, am constatat cât de mult publicase Richard Wurmbrand de când plecase din România (din 1965). Am citit cu nesaţ tot ce‑a scris. Şi am fost uimit să aflu că, la fel ca apostolul Pavel, comportamentul său, mesajul său oral şi cel scris se aflau la acelaşi ridicat nivel valoric. În urmă cu trei ani, când Beni Lucescu şi Mircea Lubanovici m‑au chemat să alcătuim o revistă românească, mai altfel decât tipicul existent în exilul din America, primul lucru la care m‑am gândit a fost că departamentul Credinţei Creştine ar trebui să conţină, în fiecare număr, câteva dintre bogatele sale gânduri. Iar acum, luând legătura cu Mihai, fiul său, am obţinut promisiunea de a primi o multitudine dintre predicile sale care încă nu au fost date publicităţii prin tipărire.

Dar şi activitatea misionară a reverendului Richard Wurmbrand a avut darul de a fi extrem de specială. Cu vreo patruzeci de ani în urmă, citeam într‑o revistă că regina Angliei invitase formaţia muzicală nou‑lansată Beatles să susţină un concert în faţa ei. Biata regină, mult mai jună pe vremea aceea, voia să ştie din ce constă zgomotoasa noutate. Dar nu mică îi fu mirarea când află că cei patru puştani ţopăitori îi puseseră condiţia ca de faţă, alături de majestatea sa, să mai fie încă cel puţin 200 de spectatori, neavând nici o importanţă nivelul lor de cunoaştere muzicală. Explicaţia era destul de simplă (nu la prima vedere): genul de muzică pe care îl promovau Beatles trebuia să producă o incitaţie în masă, care incitaţie trebuia să se întoarcă la acea formaţie pe scenă, incitând‑o la rândul ei. De ce v‑am spus toată această poveste veche?

Ceea ce m‑a uimit la Richard Wurmbrand a fost aplombul cu care prezenta Evanghelia în faţa câtorva sute de oameni sau în faţa unui singur om. El nu avea nevoie să simtă incitaţia maselor, pentru că incitaţia sa venea nemijlocit de la Christos.

wurmbrand tirguocnaprisonÎn 1964, el se întorcea cu trenul de la Aiud, din cea de-a doua sa detenţie. Era vară. Era îmbrăcat cu un palton pe cale de dezagregare. Pe dedesubt avea o cămaşă de corp ciuruită şi de un alb mai mult decât îndoielnic. În picioare purta nişte bocanci scâlciaţi încheiaţi cu sfori, în chip de şireturi, peste piciorul gol. În compartimentul de tren în care şedea mai era o pereche tânără. Erau studenţi. El i‑a întrebat: la ce facultate? Ei au răspuns: la Cibernetică. „Cum aşa!?” s‑a mirat cel ieşit din bezna dezinformării. „În Micul Dicţionar Filozofic, cel din ‘56, e scris că Cibernetica este o pseudo‑ştiinţă manipulată de cercurile imperialiste din SUA, Franţa, Anglia şi Germania pentru exploatarea clasei muncitoare!” Aşa şi era. Am verificat imediat autenticitatea acestei afirmaţii. Iar din această surpriză asigurată de filosofii comunişti, fără voia lor, cei doi tineri au primit Vestea cea Bună a lui Christos cel înviat. Şi asta… nota bene… la câteva ceasuri după graţiere.

Richard Wurmbrand a ajuns cu bine atunci în Gara de Nord. Era seară. Gara era plină până la refuz şi era zăpuşeală. Un necunoscut îmi spuse, trăgându‑mă de mânecă: „Ăsta care vine trebuie să fie unul de talia lui Maniu!” Într‑un târziu m‑a zărit, împreună cu tatăl meu: „Eşti student la Litere, nu‑i aşa?” „Nu, la Construcţii”, răspund eu emoţionat. „Ei, atunci, spune‑mi cine a alcătuit primul tratat despre fundaţii?” Zic: „Nu ştiu.” „Nuuu? Domnul Christos. N‑a spus El: «De aceea, pe oricine aude aceste cuvinte ale Mele şi le face îl voi asemăna cu un om cu judecată, care şi‑a zidit casa pe stâncă»?”

Pe când săvârşea cea de a doua detenţie, cea proiectată a fi de 25 de ani de muncă silnică, fiul reverendului Richard Wurmbrand era student la Institutul de Teologie Lutherană de la Sibiu. Cu multă greutate a obţinut un „vorbitor” de 15 minute. S‑a dus la penitenciar şi l‑a salutat cu dragoste pe tatăl său, preţ, probabil, a un minut. Şi se pregătea, „citind printre rânduri”, să afle care este starea tatălui său şi cam de ce‑ar avea nevoie. Dar n‑a fost aşa. Cele 14 minute rămase au fost ocupate integral de o predică de la tată către fiu, pentru întărirea în credinţă. Şi fiul era şi el teolog şi în libertate, numai că trebuia să înveţe metodele de a obţine dragostea care îţi anulează durerile din răni de la cel în lanţuri.

Alinierea lui Richard Wurmbrand la învăţătura paulină era cu adevărat uimitoare. Parcă de pe buzele sale răsuna în fiecare moment Imnul Dragostei al apostolului Pavel: „Chiar dacă aş vorbi în limbi omeneşti şi îngereşti, şi n‑aş avea dragoste, sunt o aramă sunătoare sau un chimval zângănitor. Şi chiar dacă aş avea darul prorociei, şi aş cunoaşte toate tainele şi toată ştiinţa; chiar dacă aş avea toată credinţa aşa încât să mut şi munţii, şi n‑aş avea dragoste, nu sunt nimic. Şi chiar dacă mi‑aş împărţi toată averea pentru hrana săracilor, chiar dacă mi‑aş da trupul să fie ars şi n‑aş avea dragoste, nu‑mi foloseşte la nimic. Dragostea este îndelung răbdătoare, este plină de bunătate; dragostea nu pizmuieşte; dragostea nu se laudă, nu se umflă de mândrie, nu se poartă necuviincios, nu caută folosul său, nu se mânie, nu se gândeşte la rău, nu se bucură de nelegiuire, ci se bucură de adevăr, acoperă totul, crede totul, nădăjduieşte totul, suferă totul. Dragostea nu va pieri niciodată.”

Şi Richard Wurmbrand avea într‑adevăr această dragoste. Iar dragostea sa se baza pe conceptul că „Dumnezeu Se află întotdeauna de partea celor năpăstuiţi”, indiferent de cum au arătat ei înainte de năpastă. Şi năpăstuiţi au fost şi vor mai fi până la vremea sfârşitului. De aceea, în vremuri de necaz, s‑au ascuns în casa lui şi legionari şi soldaţi germani în retragerea lor dezordonată şi foşti comunişti urmăriţi de răzbunarea mai „dogmaticilor” lor tovarăşi. Acolo, în acea mansardă sărăcăcioasă, dar romantică, am întâlnit‑o pe doamna Marin, soţia eroului legionar căzut în Spania în luptă cu comuniştii şi care parcă era de‑acolo, parcă trăia acolo de veacuri.

Am întrebat în toate părţile şi de nicăieri nu am primit răspunsul că Richard Wurmbrand ar fi incriminat vreodată pe vreun năpăstuit pentru ceea ce săvârşise el în chip nelegiuit înainte de căderea sa. Căci dacă Christos l‑a iertat până şi pe tâlharul de pe cruce pentru căinţa sa sinceră, ce drept mai avem noi să condamnăm?

Marea dragoste a lui Richard Wurmbrand s‑a dovedit a fi reală şi lucrătoare. Datorită ei a scăpat teafăr la minte şi suflet, şi chiar trupeşte, din izolarea de trei ani care‑i fusese impusă în temniţă. Gândindu‑mă la această grozavă încercare menită să înmoaie rezistenţa oricărui întemniţat, mi‑am adus aminte de filmul biografic „Papillon”. Am retrăit toate acele scene îngrozitoare din timpul recluziunii de un an, impusă celebrului criminal francez. Am retrăit tot zbuciumul pentru o supravieţuire mentală a unui om care nu avea cu sine arma rugăciunii şi nici reveria tămăduitoare pe care ţi‑o dă prezenţa lui Christos. Câtă diferenţă de comportament între doi oameni supuşi aceloraşi condiţii de împilare!

A fost vreodată contestat Richard Wurmbrand? Da. Cum s‑ar putea altfel? Peste tot în această lume, la popoarele mici, dar şi la cele mari, există o sectă universală a celor care sprijină gardurile cu spatele şi care privesc alene la tot ce se întreprinde împrejur. Dacă ceva se răstoarnă sau se dărâmă din greşeală, ei exclamă cu înţelepciunea boului de la jug: „Bine c‑au păţit‑o, că nu se mai satură să nu stea binişor locului!”

Şi Richard Wurmbrand a fost un campion al nestatului binişor locului.

Mi‑aduc aminte cum comuniştii începuseră să se „şlefuiască” intelectualiceşte şi învăţaseră pe de rost capitolul 13 al Epistolei către Romani: „Oricine să fie supus stăpânirilor celor mai înalte; căci nu este stăpânire care să nu vină de la Dumnezeu. Şi stăpânirile care sunt au fost rânduite de Dumnezeu. De aceea, cine se împotriveşte stăpânirii se împotriveşte rânduielii puse de Dumnezeu; şi cei ce se împotrivesc îşi vor lua osânda. Dregătorii nu sunt de temut pentru o faptă bună, ci pentru una rea. Vrei, deci, să nu‑ţi fie frică de stăpânire? Fă binele, şi vei avea laudă de la ea. El este slujitorul lui Dumnezeu pentru binele tău. Dar, dacă faci răul, teme‑te, căci nu degeaba poartă sabia. El este în slujba lui Dumnezeu, ca să‑L răzbune şi să pedepsească pe cel ce face rău. De aceea trebuie să fiţi supuşi nu numai de frica pedepsei, ci şi din îndemnul cugetului.”

Şi cu această învăţătură (altminteri dreaptă), Securitatea „înmuia” inima celor care aveau să devină „drepţii” vânzători ai fraţilor lor. Şi nu puţini ajunseseră aceştia.

Şi nu era vina acelor ieniceri ai Partidului Comunist că interpretau aşa învăţătura paulină, ci de vină erau cei care ar fi trebuit să aibă mintea plină de pricepere, astfel încât să descopere numele adevăratei fiare.

Încolţit din multe părţi de întrebări făţarnice, Richard Wurmbrand arată că textul paulin e plin de adevăr, dar pe lângă îndemnul formulat, acolo, mai există şi o definiţie: cea a adevăratelor stăpâniri („Dregătorii nu sunt de temut pentru o faptă bună, ci pentru una rea”). Or, în condiţiile comunismului ateu şi opresor, dregătorii erau doar o ticăloasă impostură, apreciind mai degrabă faptele rele, decât pe cele bune. De aceea, apostolii Petru şi Ioan le răspund marilor preoţi (după vindecarea ologului din naştere), care le porunceau „să nu mai vorbească cu nici un chip, nici să nu mai înveţe pe oameni în Numele lui Isus”, prin cuvintele ce par (dar nu sunt) în dezacord cu învăţătura paulină: „Judecaţi voi singuri dacă este drept înaintea lui Dumnezeu să ascultăm mai mult de voi decât de Dumnezeu; căci noi nu putem să nu vorbim despre ce am văzut şi am auzit.”

Cine a fost Richard Wurmbrand? Un preot? A fost mai mult decât un preot. A fost o dragoste creştină plină de toată înţelepciunea pe care o dăruie Dumnezeu şi un neobosit pescar de oameni. Un apostol al secolului 20, născut nu dintr‑un sfânt bun de pus în icoană, ci dintr‑un evreu comunist ce dorea răsturnarea lumii din temelii.

Nu vreau să închei aceste mult prea sărace rânduri în comparaţie cu valoarea subiectului, fără a face o remarcă deosebită. De‑a lungul drumului pe care l‑am parcurs până acum în viaţă, am descoperit că în spatele fiecărui întreprinzător, în spatele fiecărui bărbat de seamă, în spatele fiecărui bărbat în urma căruia rămâne ceva de o autentică valoare, se ascunde o femeie vrednică şi înţeleaptă, o femeie vrednică de toată cinstea, o femeie turnată din aur de Ofir.

În spatele lui Richard Wurmbrand s‑a ascuns întotdeauna Sabina, soţia pastorului.

Mulţumesc reverendului Aurel Popescu şi necunoscutei scriitoare de la Bucureşti, care m‑au determinat să scriu aceste rănduri.

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Cine a fost Richard Wurmbrand? Un preot? A fost mai mult decât un preot. A fost o dragoste creştină plină de toată înţelepciunea pe care o dăruie Dumnezeu şi un neobosit pescar de oameni. Un apostol al secolului 20, născut nu dintr‑un sfânt bun de pus în icoană, ci dintr‑un evreu comunist ce dorea răsturnarea lumii din temelii.

Nu vreau să închei aceste mult prea sărace rânduri în comparaţie cu valoarea subiectului, fără a face o remarcă deosebită. De‑a lungul drumului pe care l‑am parcurs până acum în viaţă, am descoperit că în spatele fiecărui întreprinzător, în spatele fiecărui bărbat de seamă, în spatele fiecărui bărbat în urma căruia rămâne ceva de o autentică valoare, se ascunde o femeie vrednică şi înţeleaptă, o femeie vrednică de toată cinstea, o femeie turnată din aur de Ofir.

În spatele lui Richard Wurmbrand s‑a ascuns întotdeauna Sabina, soţia pastorului.

Mulţumesc reverendului Aurel Popescu şi necunoscutei scriitoare de la Bucureşti, care m‑au determinat să scriu aceste rănduri.

Memorialul Durerii.
Episodul 26. Dacă zidurile ar putea vorbi.
Richard Wurmbrand

Comemorare – Richard Wurmbrand s-a nascut acum 104 ani

 

Richard Wurmbrand (nascut 24 martie 1909București – deces 17 februarie 2001Torrance, California)

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Richard Wurmbrand – Un martir roman al secolului XX

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Salutam cu bucurie prezenta lui Richard Wurmbrand intre primii 10 mari romani.

MARI ROMÂNI este o campanie a televiziunii române TVR, adaptata dupa un format BBC, si doreste sa descopere acea personalitate care a întruchipat, în cel mai înalt grad,valorile umanittii, cunoasterii sau actiunii, în spatiul românesc. Un apostol Pavel al cortinei de fier Intamplarea s-a petrecut în 1966 în Filadelfia, USA. Era cea mai mare manifestatie populara de sustinere a Vietnamului.

In piata plina de lume, a fost ridicata o tribuna, la care personalitati luau cuvantul pe rand. Ultima personalitate care luase cuvantul era un pastor presbiterian ce sustinea cu ardoare cauza comunismului. Dintr-o data un om zvelt cu parul carunt si privirea suparata a insfacat microfonul si a spus cu o voce convingatoare:

„Voi nu stiti nimic despre comunism! Eu sunt doctor in comunism. Voi ar trebui sa fiti de partea victimelor si nu de cea a tortionarilor! „

„Dar ce inseamna doctor in comunism?” replica pastorul.
„Iata dovezile mele!” raspunse personajul, ridicandu-si camasa. Pe piept si pe spate avea numeroase cicatrice si urme de rani.

Politia a intervenit si omul a fost arestat; el, care fusese arestat de nenumarate ori de politia comunista binecunoscuta in Romania: securitatea.

Numele acelui om era Richard Wurmbrand si intrase doar de cateva zile in USA. Acel moment precis al arestarii sale avea sa-l conduca in fata Comisiei pentru Securitate Interioara a Senatului american ca sa-si depuna marturia. A vorbit despre realitatea torturilor, a terorii si persecutiilor comuniste practicate contra religiei si despre utilizarea religiei pentru a-si atinge scopurile.

Brosura ce continea marturia sa a fost timp de trei ani cea mai vanduta publicatie dintre toate documentele guvernului american.

In Amintirea Pastorului Richard Wurmbrand 1909 – 2001
O biografie a fratelui Wurmbrand, in engleza o gasiti aici
De Steven V. Bonica, Editor-in-Chief, Romanian IMPACT Magazine

Richard Wurmbrand a fost un pastor evanghelic care, in lunga sa viata, a trait mari inaltimi, cat si adanci suferinte. Activitatea sa in slujba lui Dumnezeu si a semenilor sai n-a cunoscut oprelisti nici in timpul anilor grei ai razboiului, nici mai tarziu sub teroarea co-munista si a continuat pana aproape de sfarsitul vietii. Cele 18 carti valoroase scrise dupa ce a scapat din lagarul comunist, traduse in peste 70 de limbi, descriu anii petrecuti in inchisorile comuniste din patria sa, Romania.

S-a nascut in Bucuresti in 1909, fiind cel mai mic din cei patru baieti ai unei familii de evrei romani. Dotat intelectual, vorbind fluent noua limbi, Richard a avut o tinerete furtunoasa, activand in politica de stanga, si lucrand ca „stockbroker“. In 1936 s-a casatorit cu Sabina. Calatorind in acelasi an prin muntii Romaniei, tanarul cuplu evreu a intalnit un tamplar crestin care lea pus in mana o Biblie. Neavand educatie, nu le-a putut explica prea mult, si nu le-a pu-tut raspunde la intrebari, ci doar i-a sfatuit sa-si faca timp sa citeasca macar una din Evanghelii, care de fapt este o scurta biografie a celei mai mari personalitati a poporului evreu, Isus Christos.

Ei au citit, au intalnit si alti evrei crestini, si s-au intors la Dumnezeu devenind crestini. S-au alaturat bisericii Misiunii Anglicane pentru Evrei din Bucuresti. Curand Richard a fost ordinat pastor anglican si mai tarziu pastor lutheran.

In timpul celui de al doilea razboi mondial, pastorul Richard Wurmbrand si sotia sa Sabina au desfasurat fara frica o lucrare misionara crestina ilegala. Ei au smuls numerosi tineri evrei din ghetto-uri, au predicat zilnic in multe adaposturi si au fost arestati de cateva ori pentru activitate crestina ilegala in timpul starii de razboi. Odata au fost gata sa fie impuscati de un tribunal militar. Au fost scapati numai la interventia editorului sef al principalului ziar al Romaniei din vremea aceea.

Parintii Sabinei, doua surori si un frate au pierit in masacrele naziste. Dupa sfarsitul razboiului, cand comunistii s-au instalat in Romania si au inceput sa controleze bisericile (1945-1947), pastorul Wurmbrand a inceput ime-diat o activitate subterana viguroasa de pro-povaduire a Evangheliei la poporul sau inrobit si la soldatii rusi invadatori. A tiparit si a organizat distribuirea secreta a un milion de Evanghelii in limba rusa trupelor rusesti care ocupasera Romania, si au convertit personal la credinta pe unii din ofiterii si soldatii rusi incarceruiti in Bucuresti.

In februarie 1948, desi era sub protectie diplomatica suedeza, a fost rapit de pe strada de agentii guvernului comunist, si a disparut fara urma in sistemul inchisorilor comuniste. A fost tinut sub un nume fals intr-o celula izolata. Datorita pozitiei sa-le internationale de conducator crestin, diplomati si ambasade straine au intrebat autoritatile comuniste despre soarta sa. Acestea au mintit, spunand ca nu a fost arestat, ci a fugit din Romania. Mai tarziu, indivizi din securitate, danduse drept fosti detinuti, colegi de inchisoare i-au relatat sotiei sale ca au asistat la inhumarea lui in cimitirul inchisorii. Atat familia cat si prietenii sai din tara si din strainatate, au fost sfatuiti sa-l uite, pentru ca este mort.

In timpul anilor grei de inchisoare a reusit sa converteasca la credinta ofiteri de rang inalt din politia secreta, si acestia au ajutat la eliberarea lui in anul 1956. Odata eliberat, a reinceput indata activitatea in biserica prigonita. Doi ani mai tarziu a fost din nou arestat.

A fost inchis timp de 14 ani, in doua perioade: 1948-1956 si 1959-1964. Sotia sa, Sabina, a fost si ea arestata in lagarul de munca fortata, inrobitoare, la canalul Dunare-Marea Neagra timp de trei ani. Richard Wurmbrand a iesit din inchisoare in anul 1964 in urma unei amnestii generale si iarasi a continuat lucrarea sa interzisa in biserica.

Dandusi seama de marele pericol al unei noi arestari, crestinii din Norvegia au negociat cu autoritatile comuniste in vederea obtinerii permisiunii pentru ca familia Wurmbrand sa poata parasi Romania Pretul obisnuit pentru un expatriat era 2.000 de dolari. Pentru Wurmbrand au ce-rut 10.000 de dolari.

Cartile sale „Torturat pentru Hristos“ si „Biserica Subterana” descriu aceste lucruri in detaliu.

In 1965 au ajuns in Oslo , Norvegia, apoi in 1966, in America. In fata Subcomitetului Securitatii Interne a Senatului din Washington, Richard Wurmbrand a adus marturie asupra celor petrecute in inchisorile comuniste si descoperindu-si pieptul, a aratat cele 18 cicatrici adanci, urmare a celor indurate. Istoria a  fost raspandita in lume prin ziarele din America , Europa si Asia.

Stabilita in SUA, familia Wurmbrand a inceput “Misiunea Crestina pentru lumea comunista”, actuala “Vocea Martirilor”, o organizatie pentru intreaga lume, avand ca scop sa ajute pe crestinii persecutati de regimurile comuniste si sai evanghelizeze pe comunisti. Misiunea are ramuri in 35 de tari din lumea libera.

Dupa caderea comunismului in Rusia, o deschidere speciala au avut spre tarile Arabe. Vorbind personal in multe tari, pastorul Wurmbrand a atras atentia lumii asupra cauzei fratilor lor crestini uitati. Mesajul lui permanent a fost: „Urati sistemele rele, dar iubiti-i pe persecutori, si incercati sa-i castigati pentru Christos”. O credinta adanca, o gandire profunda, si o inteligenta vie s-au combinat toate ca sa-i dea o personalitate calda, apropriata tuturor. Principiul lui era, „Ajuta pe oricine, da-i oricui vine sa ceara de la tine, chiar daca nu-l poti ajuta decat cu putin”. Conducatorii crestini din toata lumea lau numit Martirul Viu si Un Pavel al Cortinei de Fier .

Pastorul Wurmbrand a vorbit aproape in toate tarile din lumea libera si a condus multe interviuri televizate. Un exemplu este aparitia lui uluitoare de o ora si jumatate la televiziune cu Madelaine Murray O’Hare, o ateista declarata, pe care a lasat-o fara replica. El a zis: „am calatorit prin toata lumea si am vazut multe lucrari de binefacere in spitale crestine, orfelinate evreesti, chiar si case de batrani budiste.

Ai putea tu sami dai un singur exemplu de stabiliment de binefacere ateist?” O’Hare a tacut timp de trei minute si nu a gasit raspuns. Pastorul Wurmbrand a fost activ, a vorbit si a calatorit pentru Misiune pana la varsta de peste 85 de ani. In ultimii 5 ani a fost tintuit la pat, datorita unei severe neuropatii a picioarelor, contractata in timpul celor 3 ani de inchisoare, intr-o celula izolata, cand a fost obligat sa stea in picioare ore interminabile si tinut in infometare.

A murit pe 17 februarie, 2001, la varsta de 91 de ani, din cauza unei insuficiente respiratorii. Sotia sa, Sabina a murit cateva luni mai devreme, pe 17 august 2000. Din familie a ramas fiul lor, Mihai, nepoata Amalia si nepotul Alexandru.

A scris cartile:
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Adu-ci aminte de fracii ti, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1995.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Avraam, tatl tuturor credincio_ilor, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1993.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Cele _apte cuvinte de pe cruce, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1995.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Cu Dumnezeu în subteran, Bucure_ti, Casa ^coalelor, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Dac zidurile ar putea vorbi, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1995.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, De la suferinc la biruinc, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Drumul spre culmi, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1992, 3 vol.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Cristos pe ulica evreiasc, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Isus, prietenul terori_tilor, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1996.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Îmbtat de dragoste, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1992.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Marx _i Satan, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Oglinda sufletului omenesc, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Oracolele lui Dumnezeu, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1996.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, 100 de meditacii din închisoare, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Predici în celula singuratic, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Strigtul Bisericii prigonite, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1993.
– WURMBRAND, Richard, Umpleci vidul!, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1994.
– WURMBRAND, Sabina, Noblecea suferincei, Bucure_ti, Stephanus, 1992.

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Comentarii
WURMBRAND
Scris de Miluta Piu on 2006-09-22 14:27:29
DUMNEZEU A BINECUVINTAT ROMANIA CU UN MARE EVANGHELIST CARE A EVANGHELIZAT MULTI ANI IN
SUBSOLURILE INCHISORILOR COMUNISTE. AM PARTICIPAT SI EU IMPREUNA CU CORUL BARBATESC
BUCOVINA LA BISERICA PENTICOSTALA DIN SF.ILIE DIN SUCEAVA UNDE EVANGHELIST PENTRU ACEA
SEARA NU ERA ALTUL DECIT FR.RICHARD WURMBRAND. A FOST UN OM EXTRAORDINAR, UN OM AL
RUGACIUNII..DUMNEZEU SA TREZEASCA ROMANIA LA POCAINTA SFANTA, AVEM NEVOIE DE MARELE
DUMNEZEU. O, ROMANIE, INTOARCE-TI FATA SPRE DUMNEZEU!
Em Portugues/
Scris de In Portuguese on 2006-08-24 19:15:49
Por favor, onde encontro mais informaçQes sobre a Biografia de Richard Wurmbrand em Portugus? Obrigado…
Cristi Tepes
Scris de Cristi Tepes on 2006-08-23 21:30:31
Dragii mei,
imi vine sa sar de bucurie citind vestea buna a doamnei Elena C.
Sunt sigur ca ingerii care s-au bucurat de intoarcerea ei Acasa l-au imbratisat si pe el (si pe Sabina) inca odata si L-au
slavit inca odata pe Domnul Isus.
As vrea sa va rog sa ma ajutati s-o gasesc D-na Elena C, care a scris mai jos si, eventual, si pe alte persoane care s-au
intors la Domnul in urma marturiei lui, in vederea realizarii unui film documentar amplu.
As fi de asemenea interesat sa caut persoane care au fost cu el in inchisoare.
Va multumesc,
Cristi Tepes
Realizator TVR
cristitepes@yahoo.com Aceasta adresa de e-mail este protejata impotriva spamului, JavaScript trebuie activat a putea
vizualiza pagina.
sau 0722 252921
Adrian C. – Atlanta
Scris de Adrian C. – Atlanta on 2006-08-23 21:37:50
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How does Voice of the Martyrs serve the Persecuted Church?

Hebrews 13:3 

Remember those who are in prison,
as though in prison with them,
and those who are mistreated,
since you also are in the body.

wurmbrandThe Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3:

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

VOM’s Five Main Purposes

  1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  3. To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  4. To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  5. To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

VOM’s Mission Statement

“Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.”

Voice of the Martyrs  https://www.persecution.com/
VIDEO by VOM C

A letter to Richard Wurmbrand

wurmbrand 17“God is love.” 1 JOHN 4:8
„A Soviet Christian released from prison wrote the following in a letter:My outward appearance is not attractive. In the slave labor camp, I worked beneath the earth. I had an accident that made me a hunchback. Once a boy stared at me and then asked,“Uncle, what do you have on your back?” I was sure that some mockery would follow, but still I answered, “A hunchback.” “No,” said the child. “God is love and gives no one deformities. You do not have a hunchback but a box below your shoulders. In this box, angel wings are hidden. One day the box will open and you will fly to heaven with these wings.”

I began to cry for joy. Even now, I write and cry. Every man has some kind of “hunchback,” some physical, mental, or spiritual handicap, something that makes him different from everyone else. Things appear this way only if we look at them from the perspective of our limited earthly life. Here we “know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:12). And because of this, our lives and sufferings often seem meaningless. God has allowed one person to have a hunchback, another sickness, or poverty, or a prison term, or bereavement, or some other sorrow. But we will not accept human standards that categorize such things as catastrophes. We will apply to them the standard of this Spirit-filled Soviet child and see in our sorrows boxes that hide angel wings, with which we are meant to fly to heaven.”
From : ” Reaching toward the heights ” by Richard Wurmbrand (Facebook)

Carte Audio cu Richard Wurmbrand – Cu Dumnezeu in Subterana

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VIDEO by Daniel Husi – PAGINA Richard Wurmbrand aici

Richard si Sabina Wurmbrand – Daca zidurile ar putea vorbi

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Richard Wurmbrand (n. 24 martie 1909, București – d. 17 februarie 2001, Torrance, California) a fost un predicator creștin luteran.Născut la București, într-o familie de evrei, Wurmbrand a fost atras de comunism în perioada adolescenței, a urmat cursurile unei școli politice la Moscova, între 1927 și 1929, apoi a abandonat orientarea comunistă și s-a convertit la creștinism, pentru ca mai târziu să petreacă peste 14 ani în închisorile comuniste pentru activitățile sale creștine care au atras adversitatea autorităților vremii. Atît în închisoare, cît și după eliberare, Wurmbrand a ținut predici, luptînd, totodată, pentru drepturile creștinilor persecutați din întreaga lume.

Richard Wurmbrand a fost mezinul familiei. Din cauza dificultăților financiare, familia Wurmbrand se mută la Istanbul, unde tatăl lui Richard deschide un cabinet de stomatologie. Rămîne, însă, orfan de tată la vîrsta de nouă ani, iar, la cincisprezece ani, familia lui se repatriază. Adolescentul Wurmbrand este atras de mișcarea comunistă și de promisiunile ei. După ce a urmat studiile politice la Moscova, la întoarcerea clandestină în țară, Wurmbrand este urmărit de serviciile secrete, arestat, condamnat și închis la Doftana. Mai târziu, a primit, sub o altă identitate din partea PCR, și misiunea de a organiza filiala județeană Deva. Renunță la doctrina comunistă, întrucît vede în ea o sursă de iluzii pentru clasele oprimate. Se căsătorește în 1936 cu Sabina Oster, revenită în țară după studii de chimie la Universitatea Sorbona. Nu după mult timp, se convertește la credința creștină, citind Biblia pe care o primise de la un tîmplar la care locuise în zona Brașovului, în perioada de convalescență după tuberculoza contractată la Doftana, urmînd ca, mai apoi, să devină pastor luteran.

Wurmbrand se alătură Misiunii Anglicane pentru Evrei. În scurtă vreme, zeci de evrei din România îmbrățișează credința creștină sub influența lui. În plin război mondial, în 1941, misiunea trebuie să se retragă din România, activitatea ei urmînd să fie continuată de misiunea Bisericii Luterane Norvegiene. Împreună cu Sabina, este urmărit de autorități datorită originii evreiești. Rudele Sabinei sînt deportate în Transnistria, de unde nu s-au mai întors niciodată. În acest timp, Richard și Sabina Wurmbrand ajută mulți evrei să supraviețuiască în acele vremuri de grea restriște.
După terminarea războiului, în 1945, Wurmbrand intră în conflict deschis cu autoritățile comuniste. Astfel, în cadrul congresului cultelor (convocat în palatul Parlamentului și prezidat de prim-ministrul Petru Groza) în care liderii diverselor denominații creștine se arătau dispuși să susțină Partidul Comunist, Wurmbrand a fost vocea singulară care a protestat împotriva îngenuncherii cultelor în fața unui guvern totalitar, spălînd în, acest fel, „rușinea de pe obrazul lui Christos”, cu riscul propriei vieți.

Wurmbrand este urmărit de autoritățile comuniste atee instalate la putere, datorită activităților sale religioase. În 29 februarie 1948, zi de duminică, este arestat, în București, în timp ce se îndrepta spre biserica pe care o păstorea pentru slujba de dimineață. La scurtă vreme, în celula sa este închis și liderul comunist Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu. Urmează ani de temniță grea, în care Richard Wurmbrand este închis singur în celule subterane obscure, torturat bestial sau purtat prin diverse închisori: Rahova, Jilava, Târgu Ocna, etc. În perioada de izolare totală, alcătuiește serii de predici proferate în fața unui public imaginar, pentru a-și proteja mintea. După terminarea regimului de izolare totală, care a durat trei ani, împarte mai multe celule cu intelectuali, prelați de diverse confesiuni, dar și cu oameni simpli. Îi cunoaște atunci pe: Nicolae Steinhardt, Ion Ioanid, Valeriu Gafencu (care avea să îi salveze viața), Ioan Ianolide, dr. Aristide Lefter, Tertulian Langa, pastorul Viski Ferencz etc.

După paisprezece ani de detenție (executați între 1948-1956 și, respectiv,1959-1964) este eliberat, iar în 1965 părăsește țara împreună cu familia, fiind răscumpărat de o organizație creștină norvegiană, cu 10.000$. În 1966, se stabilește în Statele Unite, unde înființează misiunea creștină Vocea martirilor, organizație care luptă împotriva persecuțiilor îndreptate asupra creștinilor de pe toate continentele.

Ajunge în atenția Comisiei pentru Securitate Interioară a Senatului american, unde face cunoscute atrocitățile la care sînt supuși creștinii din țările comuniste. Privit cu îndoială de senatori, Wurmbrand se vede obligat să apeleze la argumentul cel mai puternic și anume: cicatricile de pe trupul său. În consecință, pastorul Wurmbrand își îndepărtează cămașa lăsînd să se vadă optsprezece răni produse de tortură.

După Revoluția din 22 decembrie 1989, Wurmbrand se întoarce în vizită, în România, unde depune flori la mormintele torționarilor săi. Moare în Torrance, California, în februarie 2001.

Wurmbrand nu este un teolog de profesie, dar cărțile sale constituie veritabile mărturii nu doar ale atrocităților comunismului, cît mai ales mărturii ale Bisericii Creștine din primele decenii după instalarea comunismului în răsăritul Europei. În același timp, volumele sale constituie o literatură devoțională și sînt traduse în toate limbile de circulație internațională. Cu Dumnezeu în subterană este istoria anilor petrecuți în închisorile comuniste. Alături de Noblețea suferinței, scrisă de Sabina Wurmbrand, volumul este o veritabilă profesiune de credință a creștinului trecut prin încercarea închisorii. În această perioadă, Wurmbrand compune cîteva serii de predici, pe care le învață pe de rost și pe care le expune în două volume – Dacă zidurile ar putea vorbi și Predici din celula singuratică, la care se adaugă volumul 100 de meditații din închisoare. Volumul Christos pe ulița evreiască cuprinde mărturii de viață ale pastorului Wurmbrand trăite printre evreii din România, de la convertirea sa în perioada premergătoare războiului pînă la anii de închisoare. Ca răspuns pentru Manualul ateului, Wurmbrand redactează Umpleți vidul!, volum suscitat de intoxicarea prin propaganda comunistă. În același ton este scris volumul Dovezi ale existenței lui Dumnezeu, pe care îl publică sub pseudonimul Nicolai Ionescu.

Doamne cum sa-ti multumesc?

Sabina Wurmbrand

Iranian government pressures Christ followers of a church to self identify and 700 come forward and give their names and addresses saying, „Here we are”.

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I’ve got to admit, reading this story made me shed tears. Having been born in the same communist country that  tortured among others, Richard Wurmbrand, I have read and known many stories of persecution, and praised God  for those courageous and loving men and women who were true examples of what a true follower of Christ looks like when they served God even  in prisons, because they were ‘not ashamed of the Gospel’. Here’s another example of Christ followers who fulfill those words of Paul in Romans 1:16- For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…From MissionNetworkNews – mnnonline.org :

Iran is putting more pressure on Christians. In recent days, the government demanded personal details from members of a Tehran church.

„People thought maybe a hundred or so would come forward, and over 700 came forward, gave their names and addresses and said, ‘Here we are. Here’s where we stand,'” an Operation Mobilization worker focused on Iran told us at Urbana 12.

The Islamic republic of Iran ranks #5 on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List, a compilation of countries most resistant to Christianity. Under Iran’s harsh apostasy law, anyone from a Muslim background who becomes a Christ-follower faces the death penalty.

The OM worker said for „Muslims who follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, there are often huge obstacles and problems…they’ll lose their jobs, their bank accounts are frozen, and in general, life becomes very difficult.”

Take Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, for example.

In 2009, Nadarkhani was arrested for protesting the Islamic indoctrination in his sons’ school system. He served nearly three years in prison, refusing the multiple opportunities to recant his faith. Despite an execution order signed in February 2012, the pastor was acquitted of apostasy and released seven months later.

Nadarkhani was taken into custody again on Christmas Day. Officials claimed that he must finish the remainder of his sentence, approximately 45 days. In September, the courts had stated that Nadarkhani could finish his remaining time in probation.

„There’s not been freedom of religion [in Iran],” the OM worker explained. „There has not been basic recognition of human rights, freedom of conscience, and freedom to practice your faith, especially if you’re a Muslim who decides that you want to believe in Jesus Christ.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that December marks a traditional crack-down on Christians by the Iranian regime. Following Nadarkhani’s arrest on Christmas Day, nearly 50 believers were arrested at a Tehran home two days later. CSW says most were released after surrendering mobile phones, full contact details, and passwords to e-mails and social networking sites.

Despite a myriad of challenges, believers are standing firm. There’s a resiliency among Iranians who want to follow Christ, said the worker, „sort of like the story of the man who sold everything in order to get that treasure buried under the ground.”They value the precious treasure they’ve found; they’re willing to lose everything for…the sake of finding Christ.”

Pray for these precious people of Iran, that God strengthen them through their tribulation and that others in Iran come to know Christ through these precious Christ followers’ demonstration of what christianity is all about.

From Hovsepian Ministries and The Voice of the Martyrs Canada:

IRAN: A letter from prison

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Richard Wurmbrand – Cu Dumnezeu in Subterana

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Episodul 2  ~~  Episodul 12  ~~  Episodul 22

Episodul 3  ~~  Episodul 13  ~~  Episodul 23

Episodul 4  ~~  Episodul 14  ~~  Episodul 24

Episodul 5  ~~  Episodul 15  ~~  Episodul 25

Episodul 6  ~~  Episodul 16  ~~  Episodul 26

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Episodul 9  ~~  Episodul 19  ~~  Episodul 29

Episodul 10 ~~ Episodul 20

Episodul 11 ~~  Episodul 21

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Era noaptea Craciunului – Richard Wurmbrand

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Richard Wurmbrand’s Tortured for Christ documentary

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Richard Wurmbrand:

In the Bible, the words „Don’t be afraid” occur 366 times. Once for every day of the year. And because there is the extra day for the leap year, it is not 365 times, but 366 times. I knew that even in the hands of the secret police, I am in the hands of the almighty God and this gave quiet to my heart.

I was led to a prison which is 30 feet below the earth and for years I was kept there in solitary confinement. Don’t think that I speak about my sufferings. I speak to you about the suffering of my whole country and of the church which is behind the iron curtain, which has given in these years innumerable martyrs, heroes, and saints. I have been among the weak ones and the little ones in prison. I speak about these great heroes of faith… For years we were kept, everyone (of us) alone in a cell. Never did we see sun, moon, men, except for the interrogators who beat and tortured (us). Never have we had a book, never a bit of paper, And after many years when I had to write again, I did not remember how to write a capital D.

We lay on a few desks, we looked to the ceiling. That is all we had. Never could we hear in this prison even the slightest noise… and there was a silence which you could cut with a knife. Now, in this absolute solitude, we could experience if christianity is true or not.  (video source – http://ia600502.us.archive.org/)

Richard Wurmbrand Testifying before the U.S. Senate, 89th Congress in 1966 (full transcript)

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This is the transcript from the 89th Congress of 1966, when Richard Wurmbrand testified about his imprisonment and persecution in the, then communist country of Romania over his faith in Jesus Christ. According to Wurmbrand’s son Michael, this testimony was deemed a reason for the US government’s denial of the ‘most favored nation’ clause status to the country of Romania:

In Limba Romana/In Romanian:

In anul 1966 Richard Wurmbrand ajunge în America. Aici îşi face datoria de a demasca ororile sistemului comunist din România, demascând persecuţiile atroce la care erau supuşi creştinii din cauza credinţei lor. Este chemat să depună mărturie, fiind interogat de o comisie specială a Senatului Statelor Unite cu privire la tratamentele aplicate prizonierilor politici din Romania. Şi-a scos cămaşa şi a arătat comisiei semnele torturii pe trupul său. Textul mărturisirii lui a reprezentat cea mai bine vândută publicaţie a guvernului american vreme de trei ani. Nădăjduim să realizăm traducerea în limba română a acestei audieri extraordinare a pastorului Wurmbrand, pe care am găsit-o pe internet aici.

Depunerea acestei mărturii a constituit un pas de cotitură în schimbarea percepţiei guvernului american şi a opiniei publice internaţionale cu privire la situaţia degradantă a drepturilor omului din spatele Cortinei de Fier. Se apreciază că numai Alexandr Soljeniţîn a mai contribuit într-o manieră similară la schimbarea atitudinii occidentale faţă de dictaturile comuniste. Vă oferim în continuare versiunea în limba engleză a depoziţiei lui Wurmbrand.

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COMMUNIST EXPLOITATION

OF RELIGION

Congressional Testimony of 

REV. RICHARD WURMBRAND

HEARING Before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C.

UNITED STATES SENATE
EIGHTY-NINTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

Friday, May 6, 1966

The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10:20 a.m., in room 18, Old Senate Office Building, Senator Thomas J. Dodd presiding. Also present: Jay G. Sourwine, chief counsel; Benjamin Mandel, director of research; Frank W. Schroeder, chief investigator; and Robert C. McManus, investigations analyst.


Senator Dodd: I will call this hearing to order. We have as our witness today Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who is a refugee from Rumania. Mr. Sourwine will introduce and read a copy of Dr. Wurmbrand’s credentials.

I must say, before you do so, that we are grateful for your appearing here. I am familiar with the nature of your testimony – I think I am – to an extent. I feel that you are rendering a real service to the cause of the free world.

Go ahead, Mr. Sourwine.

Mr. Sourwine: Mr. Chairman, this letter of credentials, which I shall read pursuant to your instructions, was given to Dr. Wurmbrand by Dr. Hedenquist, who is the mission director of the Svenska Israels missionen. The reason is explained the text. It reads:

„Pastor Richard Wurmbrand is a refugee from Rumania, a country which he had to leave because of the antireligious persecution. Fleeing from there, he has not the usual credentials, which have been taken from him at his arrest by the secret police of the Communists….

„During the whole war he has been pastor of our mission in Rumania. Since our mission retired from Rumania in 1945, from that year to 1948 he has been a pastor of the Norwegian mission to the Jews….

„He was also a professor of the Old Testament in the Seminary of Bucharest.

„From 1948 to 1956, he was in prison for religious motives. Released in 1956, he was no more authorized by the Communist authorities to fulfill his duties. From 1956 to 1959 he preached and exercised his other pastoral functions illegally.

Rearrested for this in 1959, he was again in prison until July 1964, when he was released on the basis of a general amnesty.

„Since 1964, he was pastor of the Evangelical Church in Orshova, a Rumanian town.

„Continuing to be the object of persecution and being in great danger, our Scandinavian mission to the Jews succeeded to make him escape from three.

„We recommend him as a most reliable person, a fine Christian who has published several books against atheism and communism and who has got a burning heart for Christ and for all people in need.

This is signed by Dr. Hedenquist, doctor of theology, mission director in Sweden for Svenska Israels missionen.

Reverend Wurmbrand: He is the former secretary of the World Council of Missions. 

Senator Dodd: Without objection, this letter will be included in the record. Since it has been read, it will not be reprinted.

Mr. Sourwine, you may proceed. I have some questions which I might as well ask to begin with, rather than wait until later.
Pastor, how many languages do you speak?

Reverend Wurmbrand: …Something like 14.

Senator Dodd: Obviously, you speak English.

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; English, French, German Hungarian, and so on.

Senator Dodd: Did you come directly from Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no; from Rumania I went to Italy; from Italy to Oslo, and then from Europe I came to the States. 

Senator Dodd: From where?

Reverend Wurmbrand: From Paris.

Senator Dodd: When was that?

Reverend Wurmbrand: I came to the States 3 weeks ago.

Senator Dodd: Were you required by the secret police to make any commitments before you could leave Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Before I left Rumania I was called twice to the secret police. The first time they said that they don’t know yet if they will allow me to leave the country with my family. They said: „Dollars have been received for you. You will have to leave the country, but perhaps we will let some time to pass, because your remembrances of prison are too fresh and you have too good a pen.”

Senator Dodd: What?

Reverend Wurmbrand: A pen. „You can too well write. Perhaps we will keep somebody here of your family as hostage.” The second time they called me again and they said: ‘Now you will leave the country, but be very cautious when you come out. You may preach Christ as much as you like. We know that you are a preacher, but don’t touch us. Don’t speak against Communists. If you will speak against communism, for $1,000 we can find a gangster who will liquidate you. We play with you with open cards. You come from prison. You have met in prison men whom we have brought back from the West.”

And that is the truth. I have been in prison with a Rumanian Orthodox priest, Vasile Leul, who has been kidnapped from Austria. I have seen his nail torn out and broken, and so they reminded me of that. „You know how our prisons are and that you can come back in prison.”

And the third thing which they said: „We have also another possibility with you. We can destroy you morally outside. We will find story with a girl or a money story or something else and people will be stupid enough to believe it. We will destroy you if you touch us.”

And under these conditions I was allowed to come out. And very sorrowfully in the West I found people in the West, even religious leaders, who told me the same thing: „Preach Christ as much as you like but don’t touch Communists.” 

Senator Dodd: As I understand it, you said you came to this country 3 weeks ago. …

Reverend Wurmbrand: One month today.

Senator Dodd: Were you in prison from 1948 to 1956?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes, and then imprisoned again in January 1959 to 1964.

Senator Dodd: Were you in the same prison all of that time?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no; we were transferred from one prison to the others.

Senator Dodd: From 1956 to 1959 as I understand it,
 you exercised your religious function in spite of the law against such activity, did you not?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes, yes.

Senator Dodd: How did you do this?

Reverend Wurmbrand: When I came out from prison in 1956, I was licensed to preach – of course, nobody can preach in our country accept he has a license from the Government – and in the beginning I got a license, but which was withdrawn from me after the first week of preaching. 

The motives are so comical you would say. In a sermon I said that Christians must keep hope, because of the wheel of history turns….

„You meant us, that communism will change, that communism will fall. Never will it fall.” It has been reproached to me that in a sermon I have said Christians must practice patience, patience, and again patience. „Ah, you meant that the Americans will come and we must be patient until they come.”

Everything was misinterpreted, and so the license has been withdrawn from me. And then generally in the Soviet countries there exists the underground church which works as the first Christians worked. Only now we understand texts of the bible which we had not understood before. I did not know why it is written in the Bible that a man named Simon was called Peter. Simeon was called Niger and so on. Everyone is called otherwise than his mother called him. So it is with us now. In every village I was called by another name. I was called Valentin, Georgescu, Ruben. In every village I had another name, and so I could preach. 

I did not understand in earlier times why Jesus, when He wishes to have the last supper said: „Go in town and you will see a man with a pitcher and go after him and where he enters prepare the supper.”

Why does he not give an address, a number, and a street? Now we know it when we make secret prayer meetings. We never give the address. We don’t know if that man is not the informer of the secret police. We tell to the main to wait in a public garden or somewhere, and when one with a flower here, or with a necktie passes, go after him. We don’t introduce ourselves to each other, and if somebody asks the name of the other one, we know that he is the informer of the secret police. And so we have developed a technique of secret church work and so I could work.

Senator Dodd: How did you keep alive.? How did you sustain yourself?

Reverend Wurmbrand: The Christians sustained me everywhere. I had no salary, I had no regular salary but the Christians everywhere sustained me. In Rumania the first question asked of a pastor or a priest of any denomination, is: Has he been in prison? If he has been in prison he is all right. All the Christians sustain him.

wurmbrand 5Senator Dodd: You were rearrested in 1959, as I understand it.

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes

Senator Dodd: Were you kept in the same prison until your release in 1964?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No. Then, also, I was in several prisons.

Senator Dodd: Could you describe for us the cell in which you were kept in solitary confinement?

Reverend Wurmbrand: There were different cells. In solitary confinement I was the first 2, nearly 3 years. It was in the most beautiful building of Bucharest in the building of the Secretariat of State for Internal Affairs. It is a building before which all foreigners stand and admire it. I can tell you that your White House is a very little building in comparison with ours. And there, beneath the earth, 10 meters beneath the earth, are the cells. There are no windows in the cells. Air enters through a tube. And there were a few desks with a mattress, with a straw mattress. You had but three steps for to walk. Never were we taken out from these cells except for interrogations when prisoners were beaten and tortured. 

For years I have never seen sun
, moon, flowers, snow, stars, no man except the interrogator who beat, but I can say I have seen heaven open, I have seen Jesus Christ, I have seen the angles and we were very happy there.

But the treatment was very bad. The purpose was to make us mad. You didn’t hear a noise. A whisper you didn’t hear in this cell. The guard had felt shoes. For years, not to hear anything. In all these years of prison we never had a book, we never had a but of paper, we never had a newspaper, nothing to distract our mind except that from time to time tape recorders were put on the corridor. I didn’t know what a tape recorder is. I had not seen such a thing.

But at once we heard beautiful Rumanian music, and then we enjoyed it. We didn’t know what has happened with the Communists that they make us enjoy, and after 10 or 15 minutes at once you heard, „Ha, ha, ha don’t beat,” the torturing of a woman. This lasted for half an hour the torturing of a woman. And of 100 prisoners who had been in that cell, in that corridor, everybody recognized that it is his wife or that it is his girl. I myself thought also that it is my wife. 

Never will a Westerner understand, if I would not have the mark on my body, which are my credentials. 

Senator Dodd: Excuse me, never will who understand? …

Reverend Wurmbrand: A Westerner can’t understand God is here and knows that I will not tell you the while truth because if I will tell you the while truth, you will faint and rush out of this room, not bearing to hear what things have happened. But I will tell you that in a prison they crucified a cat before ourselves.

      They beat nails in the feet of the cat and the cat was hanging with the head down, and can you imagine how this cat screamed and the prisoners, mad, bead on the door, „Free the cat, free the cat, free the cat,” and the Communists very polite, „Oh, surely we will free the cat, but give the statements which we ask from you and then the cat will be freed,” and I have known men who have given statements against their wives, against their children, against their parents to free the cat.

      They did it out of madness, and then the parents and the wives have been tortured like the cat. Such things have happened with us.

Senator Dodd: Did you have any fellow Christians like you imprisoned?

Reverend Wurmbrand: We had hundreds of bishops, priests, monks in prisons; my wife who is near me, she has been with Catholic nuns. My wife tells that they were angels; such have been put in prisons. Nearly all Catholic bishops died in prison. Innumerable Orthodox and Protestants have been in prison, too.

Senator Dodd: The point I was getting at – and I guess I did not make it clear – where the Christians treated any differently or mistreated any differently?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Everybody in prison was very badly treated. And I cannot be contradicted on this question, because I have been with physicians, I have much more broken bones than anybody, so either I broke my bones or somebody else broke them. And if I would not have been a clergyman but a murderer – it is a crime to torture a murderer, too.

     The Christian prisoners were tortured in a form which should mock their religion. I tell you again in the prison of Pitesti one scene I will describe you about torturing and mocking Christians, and believe me I would renounce to eternal life to paradise after which I long, if I tell you one word of exaggeration. God is here and knows that I do not say everything. It cannot be said. There are ladies here. There are other people hearing it.

One Sunday morning in the prison of Pitesti a young Christian was already the fourth day, day and night, tied to the cross. Twice a day the cross was put on the floor and 100 other cell inmates by beating, by tortures, were obliged to fulfill their necessities upon his face and upon his body. Then the cross was erected again and the Communists swearing and mocking „Look your Christ, look your Christ, how beautiful he is, adore him, kneel before him, how fine he smells, your Christ.”

      And then the Sunday morning came and a Catholic priest, an acquaintance of mine, has been put to the belt, in the dirt of a cell with 100 prisoners, a plate with excrements, and one with urine was given to him and he was obliged to say the holy mass upon these elements, and he did it. And I asked him afterward, „Father, but how could you make this?”

     He was half mad. He answered to me: „Brother, I have suffered more than Christ. Don’t reproach to me what I have done.” And the other prisoners beaten to take holy communion in this form, and the Communists around, „Look, your sacraments, look, your church, what a holy church you have, what fine is your church, what holy ordinance God has given you.”

I am very insignificant and a very little man. I have been in prison among the weak ones and the little ones, but I speak for a suffering country and for a suffering church and for the heroes and the saints of the 20th century; we have had such saints in our prison to which I did not dare to lift my eyes….

Senator Dodd: Now, did the Rumanian secret police employ brainwashing techniques? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: The worst thing has been the brainwashing. All the tortures of times before were nothing in comparison with brainwashing.

To describe very shortly brainwashing: First of all we were doped. The dope was put in our food. I did not know about this dope. But we saw only the results, a dope which gave two results. First of all, what the physician calls aleulia which means lack of power of will. The power of will was completely broken. If we were told, „Lift your hand,” I lifted it. If I was not told to let the hand down, I would never have left it down.

     wurmbrand 10We were at the same time very much undernourished. We had times when we received 100 grams, one slice of bread, a week. It was told to us, „We give you as many calories as you need to be able to breathe only,” and so our power of will has been broken.

Second, this drug or perhaps it is another drug, produces the delirium of self-accusation. I have seen prisoners knocking during the night on the door and saying, „Take me to the interrogator, I have new things to say against me.” Prisoners quarreled with their interrogators to say against themselves more than the interrogators asked from them.

     And then we have had in prisons the curious phenomenon that we as priests received confessions from other prisoners. Now everybody is a sinner, but not everybody is a criminal. Men who have never murdered confessed that they have murdered, that they have committed adultery, that they have stolen. They felt they had to accuse themselves. This has also been the result of doping.

     And after we were doped like that – that is the secret of all the Soviet show trials, in which the prisoners accuse themselves – then the time of brainwashing came. For 17 hours a day from 5 in the morning to 10 in the evening we had to sit like this. We were not allowed to lean. We were not allowed to rest a little bit our weary heads upon our hands. To close your eyes was a crime. Seventeen hours a day we had to sit like that and hear from the morning to the evening: „Communism is good, communism is good, communism is good, communism is good,” until you heard one who was already 20 years in prison under the Communists shouting, „Communism is good, communism is good, communism is good, I give my life for communism.
It was after the technique of Professor Pavlov, a scientific suggestion.

In prison there were not only priests and pastors. We have had hundreds of peasants and young boys and girls who were put in prison for their Christian faith. These were separated and for them there was a special brainwashing, not only that „communism is good,” but „Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead. Nobody more believes in Christ, nobody more believes in Christ, you are the only fools.” 
And so on. And I must tell you that you may know how far this brainwashing went. I do not like to pose here like a hero. I believed that Christianity is dead under this influence. I believed –

Senator Dodd : I did not hear that.

Reverend Wurmbrand: I believed that Christianity is dead under this suggestion. Nobody goes more to church. They gave us post cards. I have not seen my wife for 10 years. They gave me post cards, they gave to all of us post cards: „Write to your children and wife; they may come and on that day see you and bring your parcels,” so on that day we were shaved; we expected and expected until the evening and nobody came. They had not sent the post cards, but we did not know.

Then came the brainwashings. „Your wives are laying in bed with men,” obscene words, „Your children hate you. You have nobody to love in the world. You are the only fools. Give up faith. Nobody is more Christians. Christianity is dead.” 

I believed also that nobody is more a Christian. I had read in the Bible that there will be in the last time the great apostasy, that people will leave the faith and I believed that I lived now this time. But I said to myself if Christianity is dead, I will sit at its tomb and will weep until it arises again, just as Mary Magdalene sat at the tomb of Jesus and wept until Jesus showed Himself. Then when I came out of prison I saw Christianity is not dead. The number of practicing Christians in Rumania according to the figures given by the Communists themselves in 20 years of Communist dictatorship has grown 300 percent.

Senator Dodd: How do the Communists use religion for their own purposes if they do?

Reverend Wurmbrand: That is a very tragic side. The worse thing in Rumania has not been the persecution of Christians. The persecution has make the Christians to be of steel. The worst thing has been the corruption of religion. They have put as religious leaders their man. A bishop, a pastor, a preacher, just a man like other man and can commit sins. Now if they found a preacher or somebody else in adultery or in some money irregularity or I do not know what sin, they called him and blackmailed him and said, „Now you must become our man. Otherwise we publish what we have found.” Or they found others who were weak ones, whom they promised I do not know what. They never keep their promises. And these men, they put at the leadership of religion everywhere. 

They have their bishops, their bishop vicar, their professors of theology, their presidents of the Baptists and Pentecostals and so on. I could give names. I know this from firsthand. Because many of these, when we came out of prison, out of remorse confessed to us what they have done. And now they use these men. With us in Rumania religion is a very great thing. You do not find much religious difference in Rumania. By these weak Christians, the Communists used religion for their propaganda.

     When the Communists came to power in Rumania, they convoked in the building of our parliament a congress of all the cults. There were 4,000 priests; pastors, rabbis of all religions were there. Our Prime Minister Gorza, said the same things which you hear now in the West. This was in 1945 when they came to power with us. „You know Rumanian communism will not be like Russian communism. We are a democratic communism. We will not persecute the church. We are on the side of monarchy. We will never collectivate agriculture. We are something entirely else and you should be on our side and then we will protect religion and we will give salaries to the priests.” 

And the priests, good men, simply believed him and cheered him. Priests and bishops one after the other stood up and said, „Well, if your communism is otherwise than the Russian communism, if it will be a good communism, we do not object against communism in principle.” And one after the other stood up and praised this form of communism. There was only one in that congress who protested and said that communism can never change, that terror is an essential part of communism, because communism is contrary to human nature….

But what has happened? I went to prison, this was one of the charges against me. I met in prison all those who had praised communism, all those who have collaborated with communism, and they were treated just like me. They had been the fools. There was only one difference that I was in prison with a good conscience and they were with a bad conscience. In prison they had remorse. Religion was used for Communist propaganda in our country. 

Just to give you one example: To the Orthodox Church of Rumania foreigners come and see the liturgy and see everything so beautiful. The church is open. They do not understand the language, they do not know what is preached. I will give you the test of the sermon. It was a sermon about an epistle of St. Paul where it was written that Chris is our peace , and so the priest explained, „Christ is our peace. Who is against peace? American imperialists. And who is on the side of the peace? We, the Socialist countries.” 

So you see that Christ identifies Himself with socialism and so on. Such sermons they have. They have used the religion for their own purposes in the country. Then they have used the religion for getting political positions in the West. They are not fools to send in the West representatives of the Communist Party. They send bishops with great beards and beards are always very impressive here in the West, and through these beards they influence the West.

Senator Dodd: I have many more questions, but would you show your wounds and scars, if you have some?

Reverend Wurmbrand: I apologize here before the ladies.

Senator Dodd: Take your time. If ever a man was entitled to time, I think you are.

Reverend Wurmbrand: Look here, look here, look here. Look here, look here. And so the whole body.

Senator Dodd: What is the scar behind your ear?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Here they put the knife and said, „Give accusatory statement against your bishops and against the other pastors. Do you give or not? And they cut. It is true that they did not cut very deeply.

Senator Dodd: These are all knife wounds?

Reverend Wurmbrand: They tortured by all means. They beat until they broke the bones. They used red-hot irons, they used knives, they used everything. And what was the firs thing is not they beat, not what they did, but how they did it. They interrogated you very politely, and if you did not wish to say what they asked they said, „Well, we have the first. On the 15th you will be beaten and tortured at 10 o’clock in the evening.”

Imagine what 14 days were after this. We have had prisoners who during this time, which has been given to them, knocked at the door, „I can’t bear it. I will say everything,” before they have been tortured.

Senator Dodd: I wish you would turn around before you put your shirt on.

Reverend Wurmbrand: And that it may be very clear, it is not that I boast with these marks. I show to you the tortured body of my country, of my fatherland, and of my church, and they appeal to the American Christians and to all freemen of America to think about our tortured body, and we do not ask you to help us. We ask you only one thing. Do not help our oppressors and do not praise them. You cannot be a Christian and praise the inquisitors of Christians. That is what I have to say.

Senator Dodd: All right. You may put on your clothes. That scar on your right breast, do you remember how that was inflicted?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; by knife.

Senator Dodd: By knife?

Reverend Wurmbrand: By knife. I have been in Oslo. I went to a hospital. There were several physicians. I can give their names. I spoke with them about religion. In the beginning they said, „We are atheists,” and then they saw my body and I asked them what treatment do I need. They said: „About treatment, do not ask us.Ask only the one in whom we don’t believe, but who has kept you alive, because according to our medical books, you are dead. A man who has what you have, with four vertebras broken, cannot live. According to our medical books, you are dead. If you are alive, then the one in whom we don’t believe has kept you alive.”…

I have been not the worst tortured. The proof is that I am alive. So many died. Nearly all our Catholic bishops have been so handled that they have died, and in that time the Russians were in our country, they decided that the Catholic bishops should be killed. One of the members of the Government has been Gromyko, one of the murderers of Christians. …

Senator Dodd: You saw and heard this yourself.

Reverend Wurmbrand: …I must just pour out before you my heart. I speak for a country and I speak for a church. We are very, very sad there about all these compromises. I must tell you I have been in England before I came to the States, and I have spoken with high Christian officials from England. The Archbishop of Canterbury and many canons and so on have been in our country recently, last year. So I asked Christian leaders – I will not tell names – „Why have you sat at banquets with our inquisitors? I am a little pastor, I cannot interrogate you, but I speak for the others who cannot speak for themselves. „Why have you sat at banquets with our inquisitors?”

I was answered, „We are Christians and must have friendship and fellowship with everybody, with the Communists, too. Don’t you agree?”

I said, „I can’t polemicize with you. I have not read the Bible for 14 years. You must know Christianity better than I. Faintly I remember in the Bible it is written that friendship with the world is hatred toward God. But supposing you must have friendship and fellowship with everybody. How is it that you have had friendship and fellowship only with our inquisitors, and with us never?”

Never have these great men of the West been in the houses of Christian martyrs. I have an only son and I love him. I cannot look to him. He looks like a skeleton. He has hungered. He will never be healthy. And so many of our children died. All these great relates from the West are great men. I am very little in comparison with them. But I always asked myself, „Well, all right, make friendship with the Communists. But only with the Communists?” They never inquired about us.

I asked them, „Why did you go to see the Pope, who is all right, who does not need your visit?” „When you have been in Rumania why have you not visited the tombs of the Catholic bishops killed in tortures? Why have you not shed there a tear? Why have you not put there a flower? That is what we expected. Why have you not left 10 pounds? Ten pounds would have been the salvation of a Catholic family there. You go to see the Pope. The Pope is all right. He has to eat and to drink.” But I must say we are very sad there about these compromises with communism. We do not understand. I am a man who does not understand politics. I have not read newspapers for 14 years.

It may be right for a state to have peaceful existence with communism. I do not know. That is a question for Johnson and Goldwater to decide. But the church can never have peaceful coexistence with atheism. Everybody would laugh if I would say that health can peacefully exist with the microbe of tuberculosis, that the FBI can coexist peacefully with gangsters, that the church can peacefully exist with drunkenness, but communism and atheism is much worse than drug addiction and drunkenness. You drink a little wine and the next day it passes, but communism poisons youth and our children since 50 years. How can there be peaceful existence with this on the side of churchmen and the church leadership I cannot understand. 

I must say I have been very sad. I have read in your periodicals that, I do not know why, church bodies here ask the admission of Red China in the organization of allied nations. It may be right. I do not know politics. I do not know what this organization of allied nations is, but I ask myself, „You, a church periodical, why don’t you write about the tortures inflicted to Chinese Christians by the communists? That is your business and leave the business of politics to the Senate and like this.” 

I express here the grief and the great pain of a suffering country and of a suffering church, and I apologize if I am a little unpolite. …

Mr. Sourwine: You were being questioned by the Rumanian secret police, were you not?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes.

Mr. Sourwine: When you say they wanted to know how they could win the World Council of Churches for their purposes, did you mean for the purposes of Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no, no; for the purposes of communism, for the purposes of the whole Communist world.

Mr. Sourwine: In other words, the Rumanian secret police are, in your opinion at least, just like any other communist secret police? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: Sure, there is no difference at all, and our interrogations, if they were important ones as mine, they went to Moscow. I know it from the Orthodox priest, Vasile Leon, who has been kidnapped from Austria and he has been brought to Moscow. In Moscow he has been interrogated about me. In Moscow they knew everything about Rumania. They worked hand in hand. At that time the secret Rumanian police had Soviet advisers. 

Mr. Sourwine: I think you have touched on this, but can you perhaps give us a little more on the subject? What has been the policy and practice of the communists with respect to religionin countries where they have come into power? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: They used three great instruments.

1. First of all, the persecution, to make everybody afraid. They never accepted that they have put anybody in prison for religious motives. They found always political motives. Now I will give you the political motives. …

„…a pastor, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was one of the greatest saints whom I have ever seen in life. The charge against him was he preached on a Sunday morning in a village about John 21 where it is said that the Lord walked on the seashore and he saw the apostles and asked them, „Have you something to eat?” They said, „We have not,” and then Jesus said, „Throw your nets on the right side.”

So the pastor preached from the pulpit. He asked, „Have you something to eat?” And when he asked, „Have you something to eat?” Everybody began to weep, because with us, peasants have nothing to eat.After the collectivization of agriculture our peasants have nothing to eat. Peasant children do not see milk and fruit. Everything goes to the collective and from the collective perhaps to Vietnam. Nobody knows where it goes. Our population does not see. They began to weep because they had nothing to eat and then the pastor, not knowing in what world he is, said, „Dear children, you have nothing to eat because you throw your nets on the left side. You must throw them on the right side.” He meant the side of the clemency and of the goodness of God.

The next day there was the secret police, „Aha, you have said not to go to the left-wing with the communists but with the right side, the imperialists.” The man got 15 years of prison.

So there has been, first of all, this method of persecution. There has been, 2. secondly, the method of corruption. We live in the times of the abomination of the desolation of the holy places…. For the first time in church history the leadership of churches is dominated by the central committee of an avowed atheistic power. The central committee of the party decides who must be patriarch, who must be Baptist preacher, Pentecostal preacher, and so on. Everywhere they have found weak men or women with some sin. Those they have put in the leadership of churches and so you could hear in our theological seminary in Bucharest the theology that God has given three revelations – once through Moses, second through Jesus, the third through Karl Marx, and so on.

Religion is corrupted from within. Religion has been widely used and is still as the tools of communist politics. The priests everywhere had to propagate the collectivization of agriculture and everywhere when communists have something important to do, knowing the influence of religion, priests and pastors are put to preach these things. 

Mr. Sourwine: Have the communists shown themselves to be opposed only to Christianity, or to all religions? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: To all the religions. The Jewish religion has been persecuted just as the Christian religion. In the prison of Gherla we had a whole room with rabbis who were in prisons. We had in prison the Moslem priests and so on.

Mr. Sourwine: Did they segregate the rabbis in one room

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes.

Mr. Sourwine: The Christians in another, and –

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no, they were at a time kept with us, but the rabbis, because they had to respect certain dietary laws and the Sabbath and so on, they separated them in order not to provoke collision with other prisoners.

…Senator Dodd: Were the rabbis subjected to the same kind of torture that you suffered?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; sure, sure. There was no difference in this. I must say it may look anecdotic for you. I had a discussion once with the commandant of the prison of Targulacna, and he said, „We are not like the Fascists who made the racial differences and persecuted the Jews and Hungarians. We are not so. Look around you. We keep in prison Rumanians, Hungarians, and Jews all alike. We don’t make racial differences.”

Mr. Sourwine: That could be interpreted to mean that he was saying people of the Jewish faith were being persecuted for their religious activity, but not for their race. Is it true that there is no anti-Semitism in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: There is anti-Semitism. Just before we left the country, everywhere where Jews were in high positions as chief engineers or directors in ministry and so on, they were silenced and put to lower functions. 

Mr. Sourwine: Just as a matter of racial prejudice?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Sure. They could have been atheists They were even members of the Communist Party, but if they were of Jewish origin, they were put to lower positions. From the secret police all the Jews have been driven out.

Mr. Sourwine: Are there any Buddhists in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Buddhists? No; we have none. Perhaps a few intellectuals, just a few.

Mr. Sourwine: Have the communists done anything, to your knowledge, to try to win position and influence for communist agents in the religious community of the free world? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: Sure. We had a professor, Justin Moisescu.

Mr. Sourwine: Moisescu?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Moisescu, yes. He was a professor. He had never been a priest. Truly a very clever and a very cultured man. He was professor of church history, but a layman. With us there has been a law that you can’t be professor in a theological institute unless you are a priest. So he resigned. He didn’t wish to be a priest. 
he was known in the whole country as a whoremonger, as a drunkard, nobody appreciated him. At once we heard that in a few weeks he had become priest, bishop, metropolitan of Yasi. That is the highest function with us after the patriarch.

Mr. Sourwine: That is the Rumanian Orthodox Church?

Reverend Wurmbrand: In the Rumanian Orthodox Church. Whatever will be the consequences for me, I have told you how I have been threatened, and these threatenings are not simple words.

Recently from Italy two Rumanians have been kidnapped. We have their names. An I know what can happen to me. But I will tell you this Justin Moisescu personally has denounced a group of 400 Christian peasants from his own bishopric. I have been imprisoned with them. He has denounced the priests whom he ordained when he knew that they said some counterrevolutionary word. 

He has a very impressive beard and he has come out to the free world and was accepted as a bishop, and those in the West believe that they speak with the Orthodox Church of Rumania and they speak with the secret police of Rumania.

       And now the interesting thing is I would not mind accepting men like him and like Gromatca, this arch traitor and others. I don’t mind that they are accepted in the West. But I ask myself in every bargain, in every business, both parts must win. I give you the product but you must give me the dollars for it. We accept your traitors. What does the East accept from us?

       If we had posed to Rumania this question, „We will accept Justin Moisescu, you must accept a Bible society in Rumania,” we would have it. But we accept without asking for it.

       Justin Moisescu is a member of the secret police. They sent to America the priest Liviu Stan. Everybody knows Liviu Stan is a man of the communists. When the communists came to power he was among the first ones who put posters on our walls that Christians must vote and go with the Communists. These posters were signed and the others by this Liviu Stan. The communists in Rumania are not so stupid to send here a man who will say. „I come from the side of the communist party” Liviu Stan came as a representative of the Orthodox Church of Rumania. And so they have many men. They have sent recently a priest, Ananaia.

Now that is a very interesting thing about this priest, Ananaia. This priest, Ananaia, has been with me in prison. He has been 10 year in prison. He has been beaten. He has passed through brainwashing. And they have such a confidence in brainwashing that they had the confidence to send him to the West and he does their work.

Senator Dodd: He is a priest in good standing, and of what church? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: In the Orthodox church.

I speak out of the pain of a heart. I can’t polemicize. I am a very little pastor. I can’t polemicize with great religious bodies, but I am a man who has read nothing for 14 years. And now I came out to the West. I had always been very interested in missions and I wished to know what happens in missions. I took in hand the International Review of Missions, edited by the World Council of Churches, and I read there in the issue of January that in Rumania, orthodoxism and protestantism grow in an atmosphere of full religious liberty. 

If the man who wrote this has not taken thousands of dollars from the Rumanian secret police, he deserve to be hanged for stupidity. He could have taken money for this. I believe he has not taken money. And then I wrote to them a letter, and said,

 „Either you lie or I lie. If I lie, I promise that never more will I be a pastor. If you lie you have to withdraw. Now to see if I lie or you lie I ask you to answer the following 20 questions, if you say there is full religious liberty in Rumania. 

„Where is the office of the World Council of Churches of Religion in Rumania? It has offices everywhere. In the communist countries it has none.

„Where is the Bible Society? We have no Bible Society. Show me one Bible printed in 20 years. We have no such thing. Tell me the name of one Christian who for 20 years could publish a book. Give me the name of one Christian professor of humanistic sciences in our country. Tell me on Sunday school in Bucharest where it can be attended.

„Tell me where is the YMCA in Rumania. Where are the pastors Ghelbegeanu, Vacareanu, and so on?” They are in prison.

„Please answer to me these questions. If you have received answers, I have received answers.”

There is no possible answers. It is not right for Christians to mock our sufferings. The communists have mocked us enough. Don’t praise our inquisitors. That is the only thing which we ask. I apologize before these great Christians bodies. I am really a very little man but I speak for the great saints who suffer in prison. It is not right to praise our inquisitors or to think that now they have become better. 

Mr. Sourwine: Are the restrictive measures imposed upon the exercise of religion in Rumania today as stringent as they were 10 or 15 years ago?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No; they are no more stringent and I will explain to you why…. Generally our men are very poor with us, unbelievably poor.
My salary when I left Rumania was $28. You say it is little, $28 a week. It was $28 a month. My son was not allowed to finish his studies because of my condemnation. He worked as a building worker and had $30 a month. Our bishop has $70 a month. And now our population is very, very poor.

Senator Dodd: When you say dollars, you mean the equivalent?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; the equivalent of $70. Now I was in a very poor family with five little children, and I caressed a child and the mother said to me, „This child is so good, it doesn’t weep even when it is hungry.” It had given up weeping because the child knew it is useless to weep. You can’t get food. And so this child was not beaten, because it didn’t weep any more. The Rumanian people does not weep any more. And, therefore, it must not be beaten any more.

The Rumanian people, as well as the other peoples behind the Iron Curtain, are desperate. They have abandoned hope that they will ever be released. For years we have heard a broadcast station: „Rebel against communism, rebel against communism,” and when we rebelled we were abandoned.
And we see how our oppressors are helped. I will tell you a scene. Believe me, God is here. I tell you the scene just as it happened. It was in the years of brainwashing, the 14th year of prison. We are gathered to a meeting, and Major Alexandrescu, the commandant of the prison of Gherla, delivered us a speech and said:

„You fools, you set for 15 or 20 years in prison and expected the Americans to come. You expected the Americans will come and release you. Now I will give you the news. The Americans come but not to release you. They come to help us, to help us, to make business with us, to make trade with us. You fools have not known. The Americans if you beg them, they give you nothing.. If you insult them, if you mock them, they give you money. We have been more clever than you. „

These are words which I have heard myself. Such things have happened in our country.

Mr. Sourwine: Are there any open churches in Rumania today, which anyone may attend?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Just I didn’t finish this question. So there is a relaxation in what sense? Our people has given up the fight. Political underground movements don’t exist any more with us. They have no such. And so everything has quieted down in the country, and so they don’t need any more of the same terror. I have been for years in prison with thieves and murderers. Even before having been put in prison I have been chaplain of a prison. A thief after he has stolen is a gentleman. He give to the waiters the greatest tips and he invites girls and he invites you and he orders the best wines. He has not worked for his money. And such thieves are the communists. They have stolen half of Europe, they have stolen Russia, too. They have stolen a great part of Asia. And now they have what they have stolen and they are gentlemen and they expect the next occasion to steal again.

In this sense there is a relaxation with us, but it is not an essential one. We continue to have the avowed dictatorship of an atheistic party. We have one party. There can be no religious freedom where there is one party. We have elections. Now a joke is make with us that when God created Adam, He created only one woman, Eve, and He said to Adam, „You are free to choose for wife whomsoever you wish.” But there was only Eve. And so are the elections with us. 

Our Government doesn’t mind old women coming to church, but our childhood, our youth is poisoned with atheism. We are not allowed to counteract, and what bitter fruits will come out of this seed nobody can know.

Now you have asked another question, do we have open churches in Rumania?If somebody comes to Rumania – it is another situation in Russia – if somebody comes to Rumania, he is really impressed.

The Orthodox liturgy is something very beautiful. It is grand. And if you come in Rumania you see thousands of churches open, liturgies, sermons, many people in the church. And I have spoken with Americans who have been there and have told me, „I was very impressed.” And now there is really a certain religious liberty. In Rumania you are allowed to say as much as you like that God is good. You are not allowed to say that the Devil is bad. St. John the Baptist could have saved his life if he had said: „Repent because the kingdom of heaven is near.” Nobody would have touched him. He was touched when he said, „You, Herod, are bad.”

If Christ would have delivered a thousand „Sermons on the Mount” they would not have crucified Him. They crucified Him when He said, „You vipers,” then He was crucified.

In Rumania you can say God is good but you can’t say „communism is cruel, they commit atrocities, it is a crime to poison children with atheism.” If you do this you go to prison. There are many priests, rabbis, and pastors who compromise and don’t put the dot on the „I.” There exists the real church and the real religion and that which compromises.

Mr. Sourwine: Are there churchmen in Rumania today who willingly cooperate with the communist authorities? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: Surely. The Orthodox hierarchy nearly entirely. Of the Catholic hierarchy, not one. The Catholic bishops died in prison, all except four. These four have house arrest. At the Vatican council no Catholic bishop was allowed to come. Came a Catholic priest, a well-known traitor, Augustine, who is the real leader of the Catholic Church; the leadership of the Baptists, for example is entirely in the hands of the communists.
I have here a document which I present to the Senate, a list of 150 Russian Baptist pastors recently deported to Siberia. Not all arrived in Siberia. Many died of tortures.

Senator Dodd: Can you talk a little more slowly? I could get your pronunciation better.

Reverend Wurmbrand: This is a list of 150 Baptist pastors of Russia who have been recently deported to Siberia. I have the names , the addresses, the names of their wives, of their children. They have not all arrived to Siberia, because of the tortures many died

Senator Dodd: These were Rumanians?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no, Russians. And I give it to the Senate.

Mr. Sourwine: Mjr. Chairman, do you wish this list and the document of transmittal to go into the record? There is an English translation to be made.

Senator Dodd: Yes; I believe it should be in the record.

Senator Dodd: I don’t quite understand this. These are 40 Russian Baptists?

Reverend Wurmbrand: 150

Senator Dodd: Were they in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: No, no, they are Russians. We got from Russia. Here I have another very interesting document.

Mr. Sourwine: If you would excuse me, please, I believe the Senator’s question raises a point you should clear up. How do you have this information about Russia? Have you been in Russia?

Reverend Wurmbrand: I have worked for years secret missionary work among the Russian soldiers who occupied our country. I speak Russian fluently, and we brought many Russian soldiers to Christ. To preach Christ to the Russians means Heaven on earth. They seek the Gospel as the thirsty soil seeks water. They have not known Him. The beauty of the Gospel you know it when you preach to Russians; how they live it and how they enjoy it, and so I have made some connections.

In a public sitting I can’t say how I have arrived to have these lists.

Mr. Sourwine: You know it to be authentic?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Personally I can tell you from where I have this list, but it is absolutely authentic. It can be controlled. Surely in a public sitting I can’t say how I have received it.

I present to the Senate also a very interesting document, the most interesting I have ever known in this matter, the document, „Li Wei Man.” It is a letter of the Central Committee of the Communist party of China addressed to the Central Committee of the Communist party of Cuba. Now recently they have quarreled but this letter is an older one in which they teach how to win the leadership of the churches for communism, how to make that the communists should be leaders of the churches. It is an unequaled document of Machiavelianism. We have lived these things but never have I seen it put on paper as this.

Mr. Sourwine: May I suggest this be printed as an appendix to the record, Mr. Chairman?

Senator Dodd: Yes.

Senator Dodd: I take it what you have been telling us must be more or less common knowledge in Rumania, is it?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; surely.

Senator Dodd: Would it be accurate to deduce that the embassy officials of the several countries must have heard it too?

Reverend Wurmbrand: They don’t wish to be troubled in their quietness. They close their eyes before this menace. I have met men who simply close their eyes when I told them about these things. They know that they are true. But they have a certain policy of friendly relationship with the communist countries, and they are very honest men, but they are duped exactly as we were duped in Rumania. 

Wherever the communists came in the beginning, they said the same thing which I read here in newspapers and in periodicals. „You know Stalin’s communism has been very bad, but Yugoslavian communism or another kind of communism, this is very good.”

A little lion in its first days you can play with him just like with a puppy. When he becomes great, only then he is a lion. Yugoslavian communism is this little communism. And American communism a very little one and English communism is a very little one. When they grow, when they can do whatever they will to do, then only we can see them.

With us, in the beginning, we also had a very nice communism. I have seen in Rumanian Communist demonstrations signs with the slogan, „God save the King.” I have seen the communist Secretaries of State making great crosses, showing themselves as being on the side of religion and making compliments to religion and bowing to religion and saying they are Democrats. In the beginning, they have put in prison party members who said that the agriculture must be collectivized. And they have gone together with the bourgeois party, with the Liberal Party of Tatorescu and with other Democrats.

I have seen in the West Social Democrats collaborate with them. In Rumania, I have seen dying Social Democrats in the same cell with me; they died. Communists in Rumania, too, were nice until they had the whole power in hand. When they had the whole power in hand, they have done things exactly as in Russia, and so they will do everywhere. There is no difference.

Mr. Sourwine: You mentioned demonstrations by the Communists. Does Rumania have anything like the demonstrations that are so prevalent in this country, demonstrations against the Government’s activities or against its policies?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Nobody can say a word of criticism. Such a thing doesn’t even enter in the mind of somebody. I will tell you something of which may be laughable for you. It is very tragical with us. But the story is just as I tell you. I know the man.

A man was in a barbershop in a little town, Sibiu. While the barber shaved him, he said to the barber: „What should I do? My hair falls.” The barber said, „Very well, I will make you a friction but you must not be anxious about this. The most intelligent people of the world have been bald.” On the other seat there was an officer of the secret police and he said to the barber, „What have you said now?”
„I have said that the most intelligent people of the world are bald.”
„So, you assert that Stalin has not been intelligent.” 
It is a question of laughter for you but it is tragical with us. Nobody dares to say a word.

I stopped in Newark, and in Philadelphia, a demonstration against the war in Vietnam. I had not this clerical suit on. I stopped the demonstrators and I undressed myself to the belt. Afterwards I heard that it is illegal here in the States, and that I could have gone to prison for this. I undressed myself.

Senator Dodd: It would have been all right on the bathing beach.

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; it was not on the beach. And I told them, „This have Communists done to me. Do you think that American Christians should fight against communism?” So they surrounded me and asked me, „Why have Communists done to you this?” I said to them, „Suppose that I am a murderer. Do you agree that a murderer should be tortured? Has Oswald been tortured? Has Ruby been tortured with you?” They all said, „No; murderers have not been tortured.” I continued: „Then know that I have not be charged with murder. I am a clergyman.” They stopped the demonstration. In Philadelphia there was again such a demonstration.

I am not a man of politics. I can’t speak for the war of Vietnam or against the war in Vietnam. I speak this general principle that Christians must be on the side of righteousness. They must never be on the side of the inquisitors of Christians. They must be on the side of the victims of the inquisitors, they must be on the side of the Christians. 

In Philadelphia there was a great meeting. A pastor with clerical suit, a Presbyterian pastor, delivered a speech in which he praised Communists and said that Communists are all right and it is stupid to fight against them. I have learned something from the Communists. In a minute – after – the pastor was no more in the pulpit, I was in the pulpit. I said:

„Now I will speak about communism. What do you know about communism? And I will show you my credentials, how I have studied communism.”

I undressed myself to the belt. I did not know that all these bad reporters are there and took pictures. And I showed them my body. „That is what Communists do to Christians, and you, Pastor, why don’t you make demonstrations, if you are a Christian and if you have youth in you and vigor, why don’t you demonstrate before the Soviet and Rumanian Embassies and the other embassies against torturing Christians?” And then the public, which has been there booed him and shouted to him „Judas.”

These are Judases. They may be all right innerly, I don’t know their hearts, but I think that Christians, if they wish to demonstrate, they should demonstrate against those who have recently deported 150 Baptist pastors. 

Mr. Sourwine: The subcommittee has received substantial information to the effect that the Rumanian Communist Government has infiltrated into this country Communist-trained clergy with other missions than those of a spiritual nature. Do you have any information about that?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Rumanian Communists are very interested in the fact that you have here, in the States, something like 300,000 on their side. They can’t very well win them for communism, but they can win them for a leftwing Christianity which supports communism. They have sent here several men, Moisescu, Liviu Stan, and so on. These don’t come with Communist slogans but with the words: „You must love your Rumanian fatherland. *** You must have connections with the Rumanian patriarchy.”

      When I came out from Rumania I saw for the first time a Rumanian newspaper which appears in Bucharest, and which nobody in Bucharest has ever seen. The Voice of the Fatherland it is called, and in the fatherland nobody sees this newspaper. Only your American Rumanians see it and in France. I have never seen it. My son looked at it, and we have never seen it. In this newspaper you read about priests and churches. In our newspapers you will never have a word about the church. There you have pictures of priests and monasteries and how fine it is and so on. They make this propaganda, surely.

Senator Dodd: You mean this paper is only distributed in the free world?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Only in the free world. They have at midnight, which corresponds to I don’t know what hour here in the United States, it is noon or I don’t know what, they have religious services which are jammed in Rumania, but they are emitted from Rumania. We have no religious services on the broadcasts. These are broadcast religious services only that the Americans should know how fine the Communists are and that they have religious services.

Mr. Sourwine: Are you saying that the religious services of the Rumanian Orthodox Church …are broadcasts in Rumania at a time which is midnight in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes.

Mr. Sourwine: Beamed to the Western World? 

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; sure.

Mr. Sourwine: To the free world?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Sure.

Mr. Sourwine: And not broadcast in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Sure. In Rumania, nobody hears them.

Mr. Sourwine: Of course, a broadcast beamed from Rumania to the United States necessarily will have enough power to be picked up in Rumania if anyone wanted to tune in.

Reverend Wurmbrand: First of all, it is a very inconvenient hour. It is midnight for us. Secondly, in Rumania it is jammed.

Mr. Sourwine: It is what? …

Reverend Wurmbrand: They jam it in Rumania.

Mr. Sourwine: So that even those who know about it, who might try to pick it up –-

Reverend Wurmbrand: It is jammed. You can’t hear it in Rumania.
In this moment, no reprisals would be taken. No reprisals are taken today if somebody hears foreign broadcasts. But everything is noted. What happens with us? We have waves of terror. We have had a great wave of terror from 1948 and 1949 which lasted until 1955. We had the relax until 1958 when nobody was arrested but everything was noted.

Then in 1959 came again a wave of terror, and all those who were noted for years before were taken in. And now the whole spy work continues with us. You are not arrested. But everybody knows that he is spied out and that everything is noted. How far this inner spy net goes is unimagined.

       In a little townlet of ours there is a little Baptist church with only 22 members. The pastor of that church told me that he is the informer of the secret police and that he knows three members of his church who give information against him. So it was in the church in which I was. The servant of the church had the order to inform who comes to me. I had no salary. So, usually men who came to me brought a little parcel with food and clothes and so on. The servant had to spy out who comes with parcels. In the smallest churches you have five or six who have to spy out what the others do. One neighbor spies the other. Children spy on their father and so on. It is without end so nobody dares to do a thing.

Senator Dodd: I am somewhat interested in these interrogations to which you were subjected. If I understand you correctly, they lasted for hours; is that right?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; surely.

Senator Dodd: Without going into a lengthy explanation, what did they ask you?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Well, they asked many things.

  • First of all they wished to know who has said counterrevolutionary things of all the bishops and priests and pastors and laymen whom I knew.

  • Who has spoken against the Government.

  • Who has something against the Government. How we organized and so on, without end.

And now at a certain moment I was tired with being beaten. They told me at a certain moment,

„Mr. Wurmbrand, supposing that you are not a counterrevolutionary, you are a well-known pastor in the whole country and everybody had confidence in you and you spoke with bishops and all kinds of men and you have been in so many villages and towns and everybody confessed to you and so forth. Tell us who are the counterrevolutionaries. Don’t speak about your activity. You are all right. You are not a counterrevolutionary. But then show your loyalty toward our Government, tell us who the counterrevolutionaries are. Are you disposed to do so?”

So, I said, „Yes; I am disposed.”

When they heard that I am disposed, they asked me: „Do you smoke, do you wish liquors?” Everything I could have at that moment. And he knew, the officer, that he will receive another star there if he gets from me this information. And then he asked me now, „Who are the counterrevolutionaries?” I said, „As you know I have worked on an international scale, so I can tell you the counterrevolutionaries not only in Rumania but even in Russia.”

Oh, he was so glad. I said: „In Russia, you have had as Secretary of State for Internal Affairs, Yagoda. Yagoda has killed thousands of people as counterrevolutionaries. Then you have discovered who has been the counterrevolutionary: Yagoda has been. Yagoda has been shot as counterrevolutionary.

„Then you have had as Secretary of State for Internal Affairs, Beria, and Beria has killed other thousands of people as counterrevolutionaries. Then you have found out who has been the counterrevolutionary: Beria. „Why do you seek the counterrevolutionaries in the church? See them in your own party. And in Rumania it has been the same thing.

Communists are 
not only anti-Christian. They are anti everything. They are anti their own comrades.

I have been in prison. I have been there with Lucretiu Patrascanu, the great Communist leader, who has brought communism to power in our country. He was put in prison and tortured until he became mad.

My wife has been in prison with Gheorghe Cristescu… the founder of communism in Rumania, who has been in prison for communism under the borgeois. He has been with my wife together, and he said to my wife, „Forty years ago I fought for the 8-hour labor day and now my Communist Party has come to power and I have to work 14 hours a day.”…

Senator Dodd: What was the name of the prominent woman Communist in Rumania?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Ana Pauker, and she was also in prison.

Senator Dodd: Do you know her?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes, yes surely; she has also been in prison, and she has been kept a short time and then afterward she died of cancer.

Senator Dodd: We don’t have any more questions. Do you have anything more you want to say, Pastor?

Reverend Wurmbrand: I want to say something. I owe it to those with whom I have been in prison. I have told you so many sad things. I don’t wish to end with this note. I must tell you that in these great tortures and this great suffering, Christians have shown themselves as saints and as heroes, and if I am allowed to conclude with just one scene which I have seen myself.

It was at the canal. With us, 150,000 men and women have been arrested to build a canal. Beaten, tortured, hungry, without anything, they had to build a canal.

Senator Dodd: Build a canal?

Reverend Wurmbrand: Yes; a canal, the Danube Canal. My wife has worked and shoveled the earth. At this canal, there was a religious brigade of 400 men, bishops, priests, peasants who loved Christ, sectarians and so on, all who were for religious motives in prison.

Over this brigade criminals have been put, and to the criminals it has been promised that they will be released if they torture these Christians. This promise has never been kept. But imagine a criminal who is sentenced for life, if he knows that he has such a hope. If they saw you in this brigade making a cross as it is a habit with us in Rumania, or folding your hands or saying a word about God you were beaten to death.

And now a Sunday morning the political officer of the prison comes, the whole brigade is gathered, and just at random he sees a young man. He calls him, „What is your name?” He says the name. „What are you by profession?” He said, „A priest.” And then, mocking, the Communist said, „Do you still believe in God?

This priest knew that if he says yes, this is the last day of his life. We all looked to him. For a few seconds he was silent. Then his face began to shine and then he opened his mouth and with a very humble but with a very decided voice he said: „Mr. Lieutenant, when I became a priest I knew that during church history thousands of Christians and priests have been killed for their faith, and notwithstanding I became a Christian and I became a priest. I knew what I became. And as often as I entered the altar clad in this beautiful ornate which priests wear I promised to God, „If I will wear the uniform of a prisoner, then also I will serve Him. Mr. Lieutenant, prison is not an argument against religion. I love Christ from all my heart.”

I am sad that I can’t give the intonation with which he said these words. I think that Juliet when she spoke about Romeo, she spoke like that. We were ashamed because we – we believed in Christ. This man loved Christ as a bride loves the bridegroom. This man has been beaten and tortured to death. But this is Rumania. Rumania is a country which is mocked, which is oppressed, but deep in the hearts of the people is a great esteem and a great praise for those who have suffered. The love to God, the love to Christ, the love to fatherland has never ceased. My country will live. With this I finish.

Senator Dodd: Your testimony has certainly been very impressing. (At this point, a member of the audience later identified as L.D. O’Flaherty, addressed the Chair).

Mr. O’Flaherty: Mr. Chairman, we have pretty substantial reason to believe that our brother is in danger of his life, and I don’t know what steps we could take to have him claim asylum here. He has asylum in France, but we fear for his life because as he as told you, they have told him they will bump him off, get a gangster to bump him off. What arrangements if any – I am not a politician or a political science scholar – what arrangements could be made for his asylum in this country? Can he make a declaration to secure asylum here for his protection? 

We know individuals have followed him from city to city unknown to him, and I ask this openly here.

Senator Dodd: Would you identify yourself? I didn’t get your name.

Mr. O’Flaherty: O’Flaherty. L.D. O’Flaherty.

Senator Dodd: O’Flaherty?

Mr. O’Flaherty: I am a businessman, a Christian businessman. I am a director in a certain organization here that is giving him support, Friends of Israel. On that basis I make this request. I don’t think he understands the danger.

Reverend Wurmbrand: We have a God who protects us. We have the angels around us.

Senator Dodd: I think we had better discuss this matter privately with the pastor after the public hearing. I don’t think it is a matter which should be discussed publicly.

Mr. O’Flaherty: Thank you.

Senator Dodd: We will adjourn this hearing now subject to further call.

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(Whereupon, at 11:50 a.m., the subcommittee adjourned subject to the call of the Chair).

PART 2 – Michael Wurmbrand, son of Richard Wurmbrand writes about the attempted assassination on his family in the United States by the communist regime in Romania

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Citeste articolul in Limba Romana-

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mihai wurmbrand flickr v. tomoiagaMichael Wurmbrand: From many other thousands of communist secret police documents I found out that scores, if not even hundreds of officers and informers residing outside Romania were used to implement different aspects of these plans of killing the Wurmbrands.  As late as 1978, a great number of our family activities travels on 4 continents were reported in great detail, our location, even the way we were dressed, best ways to be identified, all contacts in great detail, a great number of photographic material was obtained. The Romanian communist secret police tried to identify in great extensive detail and if possible gain access, to anyone worldwide connected to the Wurmbrand family.

There are documents showing how both Romanian but also non-Romanian newspersons, politicians, church leaders, in the actual even conscious paid employ of the Romanian secret police, will be marshaled to implement these plans to destroy the Wurmbrands. For example, they were directed to show friendship and support for the Wurmbrands’ missionary message, even write pro-Wurmbrand newspaper articles, so as to gain our confidence over long time. Then they would attract close friends or workers of the Wurmbrands in different countries visited, to leave their homes for outside visits, so listening devices or searches could be conducted in their homes.

It was internally emphasized to its own officers that the budget of the External Information Service (SIE) of the Romanian communist government for destroying the Wurmbrands, was with no imposed ceiling. The plans were not amateurish, they were extremely detailed, insidious and carried to an extent that our family, thinking ourselves as experts on communism and the communist methods would have never suspected secret police. These files allowed the communist police to find out their interests, weaknesses, how they could be approached ideologically or even befriended to help the killer’s plans. There are scores of informative notes given by Christians, conscious tools, informers of the Romanian secret police.

It sounds preposterous but there are documents even on Billy Graham showing him caught in this nefarious communist net. It is discussed how he could be used as a known friend of President Nixon to influence the President of the US. Our family was followed both in Romania of course but here in the West 24/7 by as many as 7 different persons, at the same time. So if we watched, we would see unrelated, different persons walking or driving.

There are documents that have the signature of the communist dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu and the head of the secret police approving these plans. These plans were discussed at length by the so called Counsel on Security of the State, plans in part signed on also by the most famous and highest officer ever to defect from a communist secret police from all communist countries, general

Ion Mihai Pacepa

Ion Mihai Pacepa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ion Mihai Pacepa (his story on the internet, seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_Mihai_Pacepa ), of course before his defection from Romania.

I cannot emphasize enough how extensive was the communist “hand-” reach into the lives of anyone, the communists thought had any tangency to the Wurmbrand family, not only of course in Romania, but other communist countries but here in the West. It would of course take months of studies of these documents and reproduction of thousands of pages to document this enormous effort of the communists to attack in one way or another Richard Wurmbrand, his family and his worldwide message of unmasking the communist persecution of the Christian faithful.

When Richard Wurmbrand came to the West and explained that in a country of 20 million at least 1 million passed through communist prisons, many church leaders in the West blamed Wurmbrand as “exaggerating.” After the fall of communism in Romania, the official numbers published were 10% of the population and in excess of 2 million. I pray none of the readers of this paper, for their own good and safety, will dismiss what I write here as exaggerating in the least bit. Since I was at both ends of this equation, first as one of the founders 45 years ago of a missionary organization, known now as Voice of the Martyrs, opposing and widely making known communist atrocities and now being able to obtain first hand information in thousands of pages, how our communist adversaries would fight us, even trying to kill us, I would like to share with you the lessons I learned, thinking some of these might be of a real spiritual benefit to whoever reads this and to their love ones.

I would not blame the reader of this material for wondering how come we have not been killed already following such a gigantic effort on the part of the Romanian communists? The first and only answer is

“BY THE GRACE OF GOD!” The communists surely tried.

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Mi...

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Minister of France) with Nicolae Ceauşescu during a visit in Neptun, Romania, in 1975 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It also happened so that the highest person of the Romanian communist secret police, the communist general Pacepa defected to the US in 1978. Ceausescu, the communist dictator tried to silence many opponents of his through killing them. He tried to use the famous international terrorist Ilich Sanchez, nicknamed “Carlos the Jackal.” It is public information about housing and supporting him financially in Romania. Communist General Pacepa’s defection 1978 occurred, as he explained, because he had been sent to kill the head of the Free Europe Radio, Romanian Section. In the same timeframe Ceausescu sent a killer to France to execute another dissident and this “killer” officer defected to the French secret service . The French secret service staged and publicized “a mock-killing” of the dissident targeted to be killed. The Romanian communist secret police functioning with no idea of the real facts and believing the killing had been carried on. The French followed through all the radio, mail traffic with the Romanian secret service, proving the episode as having originated with the Romanian communists. The President of France traveled subsequently to Romania and explained to the communist dictator Ceausescu that all loans, Romanian business internationally, his own perks and even his life will be terminated if such behavior continues. Above all is documented. Ceausescu disbanded his communist “killing service.”

The Wurmbrands survived and I am sorry my parents are not alive today when all this secret informative material has been made available to me and I have to convey to you my lessons learned.

Richard Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• Our family starting a missionary work, now called Voice of the Martyrs was done in pain, in faith, in urgency, comparable to a drowning person hanging to a straw or someone seriously. injured begging for even an aspirin. We had been ransomed out of communist Romania for $10,000 and our immediate goal was to appeal to the Christians in the West to help they fellow Christians oppressed under communism. True Christian work expecting true miracles is like that and need be kept like that. Moses was sent by God to Egypt to reason with Pharaoh only having a walking stick. Eventually he came to realize he needed and obtained from God more, 10 miraculous plagues.

• When engaged with an adversary controlling country or countries the fight is unequal because:

• Those engaged in the fight on the good side are maybe one or a few, while the human resources on the other side are even countless! No one kid themselves with the “mantra” or “example” of David fighting Goliath, but imagine a fight between David and hundreds of Goliaths.

• The one fighting on the good side fails to realize the personal nature of this fight. One imagines one fights for freedom of others, for good principles, for true faith, in general naively for worthy concepts. The evil adversary in droves fights not for an ideology but for its own survival, positions they grabbed, salaries, using means that the good heroes in their naiveté would never imagine! Yes, these communist officers were fighting for their jobs.

• I did know the communists would like the Wurmbrands dead. Even when the FBI came to alert me personally that a bullet seems to have been designated for me, I only took general precautionary measures but would not have imagined my closest acquaintances, yes eating sometimes daily at my table, were a paid part of this plan for the communist bullet to arrive to kill me. One may not be ever naïve about one or many Judases.

It is not enough to have the good will and even necessary knowledge to be engaged in the fight to help victims of an oppressor without taking seriously that your own life and limb is in danger. Your family is in danger and they need be made highly aware of this. As for the kids, think of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. This is not just a story. Abraham was named a man of faith not for nothing. Are you ready for what you believe to sacrifice your unwitting children? Do you have a true understanding of what means collateral damage and are willing to take the responsibility for it? At the time the communists had these deadly plans on against me, my daughter was 2 years old only. Did I think of that? No I did not!

I apologize through this writing even if late, even I cannot do better, to anyone, I or my parents met or touched and have them ended in the cross-hairs of the communist aim. They are documented by the hundreds which are  too many to name. The stories in the Bible, describe leprous persons having to shout the warning,“leper”, “leper” before approaching anyone. I should have alerted all my friends, acquaintances on what my occupation and dangers were. If engaged in a fight with such enemies, I urge you do same. I do not blame anyone , without explanations, refused to have relations with us.

From these documents I can read how countless had been contacted by the communists to work against us and preferred to just take a silent distance, rather than communicate with us. The mission used many willing Christians abroad or inside communist countries to be Bible or help other be Bible smugglers and Without us thinking many Christians in Romania used their children and thus exposed unwitting children to unimaginable dangers.

Further thoughts as to how those who have desire and means to fight such enemies of Christianity should proceed! When willing to make a sacrifice it is good to think through seriously for whatever goal you accomplish, the amount of hurt you and others are really able to bear. Once hurt, it is too late for regrets, especially when others, without any warning or inkling, are hurt around you as well.

As my father emphasized many times, the head of the serpent needs be crushed and we need not tickle its belly. Christians have to attack the head of evil. Love of money is the root of all evil. The reason the communists wanted and worked to see us dead, was described by one of the Romanian communist ambassadors in a confidential discussion, “because of Wurmbrand, Romania lost preferred-nation status with the United States, 8 years in a row.”

While many missions fight many evils with help programs, countless banks and business men support evil in the same areas through their financial interest, business as usual, like presently in Red China, Vietnam and  whole Moslem countries, etc. How can a Christian in good conscience work and draw a salary in the oil industry in Moslem countries where his fellow Christians are maimed, even killed for their faith? How can Christians while claiming to help persecuted believers in China, encourage trade with the communist Chinese?

The whole reasoning at the top of Christian missions leadership as to aims and means needs be revised. So needs be revised the good intentions of the donors questioning not only the honesty of their churches, accepting for instance evils like homosexuality but even trading with enemy.

Moses entered Egypt, a country from which he fled, to uncompromisingly reach the head, Pharaoh and demand the ultimate goal, the freeing of his people, in an uncompromising way. In contrast, during communism in Romania, too many western religious leaders of many denominations, came to Romania for tourism, entertainment, trying to woo communist leaders with personal business, etc. as described in many of these documents.

Christians in the West are not only unaware of the plight of their brethren in communist and Moslem countries, they are not only “asleep at the wheel,” but worse even, sleeping with the enemy! May this writing wake them up, and fight their most insidious enemy , the devil in all its forms!

I wish I could place this writing as a postscript in the now famous book of my father, Tortured for Christ, the manuscript of which, after coming out of communist Romania, I typed myself 4 times in 1966 on a clunky typewriter, before it appeared in English and then was translated and spread in 85 languages.

“The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he might devour!” (1st Epistle of Apostle Peter 5:8) Please, dear fellow Christians, never underestimate your enemy!

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