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Women of the Catacombs

Memoirs of the Underground Orthodox Church in Stalin's Russia

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This edition was published in by Cornell University Press

Written in English

246 pages

The memoirs presented in Women of the Catacombs offer a rare close-up account of the underground Orthodox community and its priests during some of the most difficult years in Russian history. The catacomb church in the Soviet Union came into existence in the 1920s and played a significant part in Russian national life for nearly fifty years. Adherents to the Orthodox faith often referred to the catacomb church as the "light shining in the dark." Women of the Catacombs provides a first-hand portrait of lived religion in its social, familial, and cultural setting during this tragic period.

Until now, scholars have had only brief, scattered fragments of information about Russia's illegal church organization that claimed to protect the purity of the Orthodox tradition. Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia and Elena Semenovna Men, who joined the church as young women, offer evidence on how Russian Orthodoxy remained a viable, alternative presence in Soviet society, when all political, educational, and cultural institutions attempted to indoctrinate Soviet citizens with an atheistic perspective. Wallace L. Daniel's translation not only sheds light on Russia's religious and political history, but also shows how two educated women maintained their personal integrity in times when prevailing political and social headwinds moved in an opposite direction.

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2021, Cornell University Press
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March 15, 2021, Cornell University Press
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The memoirs presented in Women of the Catacombs offer a rare close-up account of the underground Orthodox community and its priests during some of the most difficult years in Russian history. The catacomb church in the Soviet Union came into existence in the 1920s and played a significant part in Russian national life for nearly fifty years. Adherents to the Orthodox faith often referred to the catacomb church as the "light shining in the dark." Women of the Catacombs provides a first-hand portrait of lived religion in its social, familial, and cultural setting during this tragic period.

Until now, scholars have had only brief, scattered fragments of information about Russia's illegal church organization that claimed to protect the purity of the Orthodox tradition. Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia and Elena Semenovna Men, who joined the church as young women, offer evidence on how Russian Orthodoxy remained a viable, alternative presence in Soviet society, when all political, educational, and cultural institutions attempted to indoctrinate Soviet citizens with an atheistic perspective. Wallace L. Daniel's translation not only sheds light on Russia's religious and political history, but also shows how two educated women maintained their personal integrity in times when prevailing political and social headwinds moved in an opposite direction.

Women of the Catacombs

Memoirs of the Underground Orthodox Church in Stalin's Russia

This edition was published in by Cornell University Press


Edition Description

The memoirs presented in Women of the Catacombs offer a rare close-up account of the underground Orthodox community and its priests during some of the most difficult years in Russian history. The catacomb church in the Soviet Union came into existence in the 1920s and played a significant part in Russian national life for nearly fifty years. Adherents to the Orthodox faith often referred to the catacomb church as the "light shining in the dark." Women of the Catacombs provides a first-hand portrait of lived religion in its social, familial, and cultural setting during this tragic period.

Until now, scholars have had only brief, scattered fragments of information about Russia's illegal church organization that claimed to protect the purity of the Orthodox tradition. Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia and Elena Semenovna Men, who joined the church as young women, offer evidence on how Russian Orthodoxy remained a viable, alternative presence in Soviet society, when all political, educational, and cultural institutions attempted to indoctrinate Soviet citizens with an atheistic perspective. Wallace L. Daniel's translation not only sheds light on Russia's religious and political history, but also shows how two educated women maintained their personal integrity in times when prevailing political and social headwinds moved in an opposite direction.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Transliteration and Translation
Foreword
Editor's Introduction
Original Preface to Katakomby XX verka: Vospominaniia by Archpriest Aleksandr Men
I. Fr. Serafim by Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia
Ante Lucem
One Must Take up the Cross
White Chrysanthemums
The Grace of the Holy Spirit
Holding on to Christ's Garments
Go to Sarov
It Will Be More Difficult
The War
The Last Days and the End
II. Fr. Pyotr Shipkov by Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia
In Zagorsk During the War
On the End of the War
The Rebirth of the Church
Fr. Pyotr in Exile (Letters)
Return from Exile
Illness and the Final Days in the Life of Fr. Pyotr
From the Letters of V.Ia. Vasilevskaia to N.V. Trapani
III. My Journey by Elena Semenovna Men
Appendix: My Childhood and Youth by Vera Iakovlevna Vasilevskaia
Notes
Index

Edition Notes

Series
NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Translation Of
Katakomby XX verka: Vospominaniia
Translated From
Russian / Русский язык

Classifications

Library of Congress
BX595.W66 2021

Contributors

Editor
Wallace L. Daniel
Translator
Wallace L. Daniel
Introduction
Wallace L. Daniel
Foreword
Roy R. Robson
Preface
Aleksandr Men

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL29513213M
ISBN 13
9781501754401

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