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Candles Behind the Wall : Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution That Shattered Communism

Heydt, Barbara Von Der

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ISBN 10: 0802837220 / ISBN 13: 9780802837226
Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. An inspiring compendium of personal accounts of the many individuals, couples, and small groups, who resisted communism in East Germany, eastern Europe, and in the USSR itself, fighting back as dissidents in little but effective ways, many of them Christians whose faith was more important to them than liberty or even life itself. Many or most of these accounts occurring in the years leading up to the dismantling of the Berlin wall and the collapse of communism in Europe. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains illustrations, bibliography, indexed, 266pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival plastic protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 00010261

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Title: Candles Behind the Wall : Heroes of the ...

Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Based on more than 100 personal interviews with people who actively resisted communism, this collection of gripping stories vividly depicts the unexpected end of an era. In her graphic portrayal of these heroes, the author offers an overview of the historical factors that led to the toppling of Soviet communism. Photos.

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Giving credit to Gorbachev and other political and religious leaders for the end of communist rule in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, von der Heydt, a TV reporter on European affairs from 1984 to 1989, asserts that it was the power of ordinary people's Christian morality that ignited the peaceful revolution. Using interviews and a multitude of official documents, she shows a religious facet of events through more than 100 case histories of defiance undertaken to defend spiritual values against the "moral poverty of communism." She introduces us to an East German evangelist, to a Russian founder of an organization called Christian Seminar, to underground groups that distributed Bibles. Each of these case histories is enriched with sketches of local background, religion and politics. Von der Heyt doesn't hold much hope for Western capitalism infected with consumerism and secular humanism, and places her faith, instead, in some hybrid of socially conscious, religiously motivated democracy to emerge from the embers of the Soviet empire. Her descriptions of the "awakening of conscience" are inspiring, but von der Heydt lacks sufficient acumen in sociology and psychology to argue convincingly that those who overturned communism won't now become willing captives of the consumer culture.
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