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The Heart of Darkness

December 13, 2020

Mugshot of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (c. 1948), Source http://www.cuvantul-ortodox.ro/recomandari/2015/11/23/richard-wumbrandt-convertire-ortodoxie/, (Romanian Decree No. 321/1956, Law No. 8/1996, and Law No. 285/2004)

When we see evil and ignorance on the rise, we may be tempted to self-isolate, to keep a low profile.  Two men took another course.  Despite impossible odds, they continued to work for good.

Felix Kersten (a physical therapist coerced into treating Heinrich Himmler) prevailed on this architect of the Holocaust to release Nazi prisoners [1][2].  Through Kersten’s efforts, the lives of 60,000 Jews in concentration camps, along with hundreds of Norwegians and Danes, were saved.

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian of Jewish descent, spent 14 years in Communist prisons [3][4][5].  Tortured for his faith in Christ, Wurmbrand authored well over a dozen books, during his lifetime.  He would go on to found Voice of the Martyrs https://www.persecution.com/ – a worldwide ministry providing support to persecuted Christians in 68 nations.

May these men inspire us, too, to confront the heart of darkness.

You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5: 14).

[1]  Wikipedia, “Felix Kersten”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Kersten.

[2]  The Kersten Memoirs by Felix Kersten (1956).

[3]  Wikipedia, “Richard Wurmbrand”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wurmbrand.

[4]  Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand (1967).

[5]  With God in Solitary Confinement by Richard Wurmbrand (1969).

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://avoicereclaimed.com

6 Comments
  1. Amen and Amen! Thank you Anna for this great reminder. Lest we forget…

  2. Some time ago I made a search for Mihai (Michael) Wurmbrand, the son of Ptr R Wurmbrand. He has a site (Help for Refugees), and it has many interesting links and free resources–you might want to explore. Cheers!

  3. Allan Halton permalink

    “May these men inspire us, too, to confront the heart of darkness.”

    Amen, Anna. That is an inspiring challenge.

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