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By Hiroaki Kuromiya

Conscience on Trial finds the startling tale, saved mystery for sixty years, of normal voters stuck up within the tricky equipment of political terror in Stalinist Ukraine. In 1952, fourteen terrible, slightly literate Seventh-Day Adventists residing at the margins of Soviet society have been clandestinely attempted for allegedly advocating pacifism and adhering to the Saturday Sabbath. the one written documents of this trial have been sealed within the KGB data in Kiev, and this harrowing episode has in the past been unknown even in the Ukraine.

Hiroaki Kuromiya has rigorously analyzed those newly came across records, and in doing so, finds a desirable photograph of non-public existence and non secular trust lower than the atheist Stalinist regime. Kuromiya convincingly elucidates the mechanism of the Soviet mystery police and explores the minds of non-conformist believers -precursors to the revival of dissidence after Stalin's loss of life in 1953.

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