How did a Russian Jew, raised as an atheist to love communism, become one of the Soviet Union’s greatest defenders of Evangelical Christians?
The short answer is Josef Stalin. The ruthless dictator’s anti-Semitic campaigns turned Arkady Polishchuk, once a true believer in communism, into a dissident.
Polishchuk, a journalist, was writing about Stalin’s anti-Semitic show trials when he made an eye-opening visit to an underground Pentecostal church. After that, Polishchuk started documenting human rights abuses against Christians.
When asked why he’s spent so much of his life helping Christians when Jews also face persecution, Polishchuk said, “It is much easier to help your own. Try to help those who are not with you. Try to help those who are different from you. Try to understand them.”