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The Forgotten, by Rev. Christopher L. Zugger
The Forgotten, by Rev. Christopher L. Zugger

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The Forgotten, by Rev. Christopher L. Zugger, Catholics of the Soviet Empire from Lenin through Stalin.

However small, the Soviet Catholic Church has produced more than its share of martyrs and confessors.

Although some believers compromised their faith by cooperation with the police, and others abandoned it under the pressures of both persecution and secularization, far more were sent to jail, labor camps, and psychiatric hospitals and suffered hardships at work, school, and in their daily lives because of their adherence to Catholicism. All have tasted the bitterness of discrimination--and many, of personal suffering.

This work seeks to bring an awareness of the complexities and marvels of the Soviet Catholic Church, which comprised barely a million souls in 1925. By 1991, Soviet Catholics numbered perhaps 12 million, scattered from Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea near Poland to the lonely ex-prison port of Magadan near Alaska. Their history is a record of martyrdom, betrayal, victory, and the triumphs of ordinary people facing extra-ordinary times.

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