Romanian Pastor Wurmbrand, 14-Years Prison Torture

Christian Pastor Richard Wurmbrand imprisoned for 14 years in communist Romania because of his faith in Christ

Richard Wurmbrand was born in 1909 to a Jewish family in Bucharest, Romania. He was brilliant and fluent in nine languages. Richard adhered to leftist ideology before becoming Christian.

In 1936, Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina placed their faith in Jesus Christ in 1938 after a German carpenter shared Christ. Richard became Anglican and later a Lutheran Pastor.

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Richard and Sabina, with their young son Michael Wurmbrand before the war.

During World War II, Richard and Sabina saw it as an opportunity to evangelize

They preached in bomb shelters and rescued Jewish children out of the ghettos. They were repeatedly arrested and beaten. Sabina’s Jewish family perished in the Nazi concentration camps.

By 1945, Romanian Communists seized power, and Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand continued to preach Christ boldly, particularly to the Russian soldiers.

That same year, Richard and Sabina attended the “Congress of Cults.” Religious leaders called to speak. They praised communism and swore loyalty to the new regime.

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The couple couldn’t believe what they were hearing. Pastor Wurmbrand walked up to the podium and declared to the delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty was to glorify God and Christ alone.

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Richard Wurmbrand’s imprisonment and his darkest moment

On February 29, 1948, the secret police kidnapped Richard on his way to the church. Two years later, his wife was imprisoned—their 9-year-old son, Mihai, was alone and homeless.

The movie “Tortured for Christ” is the testimony of Richard Wurmbrand, who was tortured for his faith. The soldiers were often filled with anger and mocked God and tortured Wurmbrand because he had Jewish blood.

He had to stand in a tiny box filled with sharp nails, sometimes for days. Darkness filled the hearts of the Marxist communists, yet Wurmbrand’s heart was still filled with love for them, knowing they were lost without Christ.

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Wurmbrand torturer often mocked him. They wondered why he continued to have faith in God. He would tell them, “I am praying for you.” In prison, he was able to share Christ with unbelievers. Many of them died afterward.

Sabina was assigned to labor in the canal. She was mocked for her faith and thrown into the freezing icy lake. She broke two ribs and suffered for three years. A lot of the prisoners died.

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Others who were also imprisoned were Dr. Petre Tutea, Ph.D., who spent 18 years in hard labor, and Romanian writer Ioan Ianolide detained for 25 years. Thousands died in the prison facility (Jilava) of Craiova, Gherla. They all had their own stories of faith and martyrdom.

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Richard and Sabina were married for 60 years. From communist Romania, they eventually settled in the USA and began a ministry for tortured Christians.

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After WW2, they distributed 1 million Gospels to Russian troops during the couple’s ministry, often disguising the books as Communist propaganda (Karl Marx as cover). He also helped arrange to smuggle the Gospels into Russia.

The Romanian government allowed him and his family to be ransomed for $10,000 by Norwegian Christians. They arrived in Norway in 1965. The family eventually moved to the United States the following year.

Richard founded Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) in 1967. He died on February 17, 2001, and his wife on August 17, 2000. In 2006, he was voted fifth among the greatest Romanians, according to the Mari Români poll.

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