Picked up from his home in the wee hours of the morning on 24 July 1947, Haralan Popov spent 13 years of his life in Bulgarian communist prisons where he was brutally beaten, physically and mentally tortured, all because he would not deny the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this small book you see communism in practice as to communism in theory. Communism demands complete uniformity and subservience. In the beginning I was greatly distressed to see how Mr. Popov was beaten to a pulp but when his trial came they asked his family to bring him his best clothes only to appear to the press and international reporters who were allowed to attend that there was nothing wrong behind communist jails. But as the book progressed I was appalled at the depravity of man. The horror scenes you read about would make you wonder if the men who tortured this brother are really human beings.
In the book you see how man has the capacity to rise to the greatest spiritual height, but he also has the capacity to sink to the lower most vile level. Only man has that range. In one instance, Mr. Popov recounts how his captors dug a pit, a punishment pit (reminded me of the bottom pit of Satan) in which 100 men were later shoved and the lid closed above their head leaving them gasping for a breath of air and left to starve to dealth. How this pastor ever survived is a miracle.