[WWII: Letters – Khruschev]

[WWII: Letters – Khruschev]

Continuing the series of the Great Patriotic War (aka WWII) letters, the one I want to share today surprised me… stunned me.

I don’t think I have ever seen it before and I suspect it was added to the display recently (or, since the last time I’ve been to this museum a couple of years ago.)

While reading this letter, keep in mind that Communism and Christianity are opposites. Communism’s religion is atheism. A lot of Christians were tortured and killed during those years and especially during Stalin’s rule. In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor, shared a lot of stories about the government’s attitude towards Christianity. Another book, the Persecutor, this time about the USSR is written by Sergei Kurdakov, a Russian guy who used to be on police’s side and whose job was to inflict terror and pain to Christians – and who later, like Paul, allowed God to turn his life around and was saved. Both of those books are chilling because they make you wonder how much hate people can contain within.

And then… comes this letter… No more comments.

Letter from Khruschev to Stalin


To Comrade I.V. Stalin,

Today, on February 22, 1944, I have welcomed the representatives of the Orthodox religious community and clergy of Kyiv namely the secretary of Ukrainian exarch, priest Skoropostizhnyy; archpriest Slavinsky; archimandrite Erazm Dovbenko; and the Orthodox Church Community Committee secretary Setsinska.

The delegation asked me to pass along the gratitude of the Kyiv believers for freeing the capital of Ukraine from German occupants and congratulate you with the 26th Anniversary of the Red Army.

They also gave me the receipts regarding the money transfer for the country’s Defense Fund – 150,000 rubles – that were collected among the believers and the clergy of the Orthodox Church communities of Kyiv. The delegation also passed along a letter for you which is attached.

N. Khruschev

22 February 1944

I truly wonder whether the letter for Stalin (that was mentioned as attached) was censored heavily and transformed into something that sounded “nice and pretty.”

What do you make of this letter?

  • Thinking of the ramifications of all this and how history repeats itself I have chills.  

    Have you read the book,” Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas?  It’s really good.  Bonhoeffer warned against Hitler and ultimately gave his life for Christ.

    Another really good book is “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews.  I am giving it away in a contest on Wed! Please stop by for a chance to win this thought provoking book.  Even if you have read it, you could pass it along to someone else. 

    • I haven’t read the Bonhoeffer book but a friend of mine wrote about it here: http://billgrandi.ovcf.org/wordpress/?p=7091

      Oooh, Andy Andrews! I like his books (read and reviewed two of them for BookSneeze program).

      • I love BookSneeze, such a great way to read books!

        • Indeed! And they even ship books to Ukraine… that was one of the main reasons why I am still with them (besides the fact that they get awesome books, like Dekker and others)

          • That’s great that they ship outside the U.S. I hope you will stop by my blog tomorrow so you can learn how you can win a copy of the latest Andy Andrews Book.

  • Mary

    Zee, thanks for sharing this document. My knowledge on this subject is minimal. No doubt, like many matters in history, this issue is complex.

    I did notice an interesting paragraph on Wikipedia:

    The Nazi attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 forced Stalin to enlist the Russian Orthodox Church as an ally to arouse Russian patriotism against foreign aggression. Russian Orthodox religious life experienced a revival: thousands of churches were reopened; there were 22,000 by the time Nikita Khrushchev came to power. The regime permitted religious publications, and church membership grew.

    • Mary

      Wikipedia article entitled: “Religion in the Soviet Union.”

      • Well, I haven’t been around back in those days myself, but from what I’ve read and heard (from those who did live in those times), the religion – as long as it was supportive of the government – was allowed. But just like in China now – there are Churches in China, but they are allowed to “preach” only about certain topics. It looks good from the outside, but it’s dead inside. Real Christianity is underground. Same was with the USSR.

        Unfortunately, that period of Orthodoxy “cooperation” with the government led to death of the faith and rise of politics. These days, Russian Orthodox Church is nothing more but a political structure with one goal: promote the government (and get money)… 

  • Mary

    Zee, you need a soapbox.

    • Hahaha, yeah. Trust me, you don’t want me to get on my soapbox 😀

      • Mary

        Well, this was a good imitation.

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