In Lubianka s Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Priest in Stalin s Moscow, 1934-1945

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In Lubianka s Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Priest in Stalin s Moscow, 1934-1945

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In Lubianka s Shadow chronicles the extraordinary life of a young American Catholic priest, Father L?opold Braun, who, as pastor of a small Catholic church near the Lubianka political prison in the heart of Moscow, witnessed Stalin s purges, the Soviet government s campaign against organized religion, and the destruction of World War II. These memoirs, recently discovered in the archive of Fr. Bruan s Assumptionist order by Soviet scholar Gary Hamburg, offer an intimate account of Fr. Braun s valiant effort to uphold Christian worship in the only Catholic church allowed to operate in Stalin s Moscow.

Posted to Moscow in 1934 as chaplain of the United States embassy, Father Braun served the embassy staff and local parishioners in the Saint Louis des Fran?ais Church at a moment when Stalin s anti-religious campaign was reaching a crescendo. He describes the Soviet government s intimidation and arrest of his parishioners, police surveillance of the church building, and persona