As the Kremlin archives are opened and samizdat accounts like Father Arseny
come to light, many nameless confessors during the Communist oppression will reassume their names, and we will know the nature of their witness. There was also, at the outset of the Revolution, before the mature Soviet system was in place and before Western apathy and naive admiration for the socialist utopia set in, a short period when the emigre free press published many first-hand accounts of oppression and martyrdom, and it is these that Fr. Damascene has set out to collect. Now we hear the voices of those who shed blood for Christ's sake, and now we see them (the book is full of contemporary photographs). We owe it to those who now suffer in this way -- in Sudan and China and Indonesia and Egypt -- to know what it is they suffer. Here it is.
An Eighth Day View:
New Confessors is a translation of book compiled by Archimandrite Damascene. It concerns the lives of those who suffered under Communism -- subjected to sudden arrests, interrogation, beatings, and unimaginable torture. Those who courageously maintained the dignity of faith and hope in God serve as a model of endurance and perseverance. Those who failed teach us what shortcomings we must overcome if we want our faith in God to be real. This book contains the most recent declassified information from KGB, NKVD, and other secret government files. It is the first in a projected series.