The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs By Gerolamo Fazzini is a powerful book presenting documents spanning the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid-1940's up to 1983, shortly before the "modernization" promoted after Mao's death.
These are memoirs of those who have experienced in their own flesh how far the violence of a power blinded by ideology can go, a power which, after winning its battle against armed forces, decided to exterminate its "enemies without guns", as Mao called his intellectuals, believers, and opponents. From the historical perspective, these are valuable sources, especially for anyone who wants to learn about the injustices and brutality of Maoism. Only recently have non-specialists had access to autobiographical testimonies concerning the Laogi, the Chinese forced labor camps.
For years ideological baggage encumbering journalism about China severely limited opportunities for hearing stories of Christian persecution and martyrdom, however, after decades of propaganda, we are finally seeing a "de-mythologization" of Mao, a man responsible for crimes equal to, or even worse than those of Stalin and Hitler.In this book one can see what a tragedy has befallen the Chinese people, in particular the believers. But all this has not destroyed their faith.
Paperback 374 pages.