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DIVINI REDEMPTORIS

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM
TO THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES,
ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES
IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE.

Pope Pius XI
March 14, 1937

Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Benediction. 

The promise of a Redeemer brightens the first page of the history of mankind, and the confident hope aroused by this promise softened the keen regret for a paradise which had been lost. It was this hope that accompanied the human race on its weary journey, until in the fullness of time the expected Savior came to begin a new universal civilization, the Christian civilization, far superior even to that which up to this time had been laboriously achieved by certain more privileged nations. 

2. Nevertheless, the struggle between good and evil remained in the world as a sad legacy of the original fall. Nor has the ancient tempter ever ceased to deceive mankind with false promises. It is on this account that one convulsion following upon another has marked the passage of the centuries, down to the revolution of our own days. This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. Entire peoples find themselves in danger of falling back into a barbarism worse than that which oppressed the greater part of the world at the coming of the Redeemer. 

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Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party–Introduction

The Epoch Times Staff
May 13, 2012
July 27, 2020

The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were first published in November of 2004, followed quickly by an English translation. In 15 years, the series has led over 300 million Chinese to renounce the communist party and its affiliated organizations, fostering an unprecedented peaceful movement for transformation and change in China. People continue to renounce the party every day. Here we republish the newly re-edited Nine Commentaries, linked to video versions produced by our partner media NTD Television

More than a decade after the fall of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern European communist regimes, the international communist movement has been spurned worldwide. The demise of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is only a matter of time.

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The Chekist (Video)

Since the United States appears to be in the midst of a socialist-inspired insurrection, history may instruct on the human toll previous communist revolutions have wrought in terms of persecution, suffering, and death. For the past several decades such stories have been censored or stricken entirely from scholarly treatises, education and popular culture. As a result, the American public has little wherewithal to discern the communist revolutionaries’ methods for seizing power and ultimate goals, the foremost of which involves the elimination of anyone suspected of “counterrevolutionary” activities.

Under communism the state, its policies, police and military are elevated to “God-like” status, all countervailing ecclesiastical and political viewpoints are automatically considered thoughtcrimes that carry the death sentence. As a result in post-revolutionary Russia alone several million Christian men, women and children were mercilessly tortured, raped and murdered. The Chekist is an excellent starting point for understanding the barbaric and murderous end game of the Marxist-communist state.-Ed

The film The Chekist (1992), a Russian-French co-production, was directed by well known Russian director Alexander Rogozhkin and based on a short story by Vladimir Zazubrin. 

The film takes place during the Russian civil war, following the 1917 Russian Revolution. Andrey Srubov, a revolutionary from a Russian upper class family, heads a local “CheKa” (Lenin’s Soviet secret police) department in a Siberian town recently taken from the anti-communist White Army. Srubov, together with his colleague Isaac Katz and Ian Pepel (the latter based in part on Latvian CheKa leader Martin Latsis) sign the death warrants of countless people who’s main fault is belonging to the “enemy class” of the Soviet regime. 

(Warning: Graphic Subject Matter and Visual Content)

Former White officers, priests, “bourgeois” intellectuals, and anyone who stands in the way of suspicion are led into a cold rat infested cellar, forced to undress, and are shot without trial or even the pronouncement of sentence. Their bodies are carried out by truckloads every night, while their clothes are divided up by their executioners. Srubov, who’s own father was executed by his current cohort, Katz, finds ways of morally justifying the murders he is committing in the name of the ‘revolution’. 

This film, which is currently no longer in distribution, offers a gristly look at the realities of Lenin and Trotsky era Bolshevism, known as the “Red Terror”. In all fairness to history, the film spares the audience of the full extent of the horrors of the Cheka basement, but it gives enough of an idea. It also reveals the psyche and attitudes of the killers themselves, offering us a peak into their dark world. 

The film was based on the short story by Vladimir Zazubrin called Schepka (Wood Chip).

Zazubrin’s short story was released very briefly in a Soviet literary magazine in 1923, then was banned within a year’s time. Copies of the magazine were destroyed. Zazubrin himself ended up becoming a victim of the apparatus he wrote about during the purge of 1937. The story was only published again in 1989, during the Glasnost era. 

(Via the film’s Facebook page.)