The twentieth century set several world records for crime and horror: ten million victims in the First World War; fifty-five million victims in the Second World War; ten million people murdered in the name of Nazism; and over one hundred million people murdered in the name of communism. We must make sure that such catastrophes never happen again. The crimes of Nazism have been condemned in a just and exemplary manner. The crimes of communism (that continue to this day, shamefully for the civilized world) have to be condemned in the same way, in order to prevent their repetition. This is only possible if the whole truth is made available. Unbelievable as it may sound, nothing is known about the most diabolic crime of communism: the genocide of souls committed for the purpose of generating "the new human being".
This genocide, in its extreme form, was begun in Romania in 1949, at the political penitentiary of Pitesti, as an experiment unlike any before it: "the reeducation" of political prisoners through continuous torture, by physical or spiritual means, done even through the fellow convicts. "The reeducated" were obliged to auto-denounce themselves, to negate their identities, to denounce their own families, friends and loved ones, that is to "expose" them, to negate themselves, everything that was holy, to deride the belief in God and the sacraments. "The re-educators" were obliging them to participate in genuine antireligious and satanic rituals. Ultimately, "the reeducated" were compelled to become "re-educators" of others, therefore executioners. Those who refused to cooperate were obliged to be "reeducated" again, until they accepted the role of "re-educator;" if they continued to refuse, they risked their lives. Several tried to commit suicide in order to escape this inferno, but very few were successful. We cannot overemphasize the inability of language to accurately describe everything that these young anticommunists (around 2,000) endured, most of them still students at the time of their arrest.
In conclusion, the genocide of the spirits was not possible precisely because the soul is eternal. That was the hope of those condemned to die spiritually. Only the belief in God saved them.
"The Pitesti experiment" is almost unknown in Romania, even today. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the 1970 Nobel Prize laureate for literature, considered the experiment as "the most horrible barbarism of the contemporary world." The historian François Furet, Member of the French Academy, described it as "one of the most ferocious experiences of dehumanization that our era has known."
In order to expose this satanic invention, I have decided to realize a full-length documentary film that would benefit especially the testimonies of these last survivors, and the reconstitutions that could be made under their direct guidance. I made a proposal for such a documentary, which I hoped the Romanian government would support. But, the project has been rejected two consecutive times by those who want to bury the truth.
I am convinced this project has to be realized. I started its production using my own resources, filming the testimonial interviews with some of the survivors; I have selected for you a few samples of these, available on this project's web-site. The raw material of these testimonies of oral history represents an exceptional historical document (the expected length of these testimonies is about 150 hours).
The average age of the survivors are over 80 years old and the state of their health has been marked by the ordeal they have gone through. We have to film the remaining survivors (about 30 more) as soon as possible.
I emphasize that I was able to film, particularly for this project, two prestigious historians of the European communism period as related to the "Pitesti experiment," namely: Mr. Thomas Blanton (National Security Archives, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA), and Mr. Stéphane Courtois (Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques, Paris, France), principal author of the volume "The black book of Communism"
which documented the European Council's condemnation of communism.
Good people, please read the script of the proposed film and its concept, or the article published in the Romanian daily ZIUA, accessible through the web-site http://www.ziua.ro/news.php?data=2008-02-15&id=3481
((the article includes about 90% of the proposed film script). You are going to become convinced that it would be inconceivable not to make this film as long as it is still possible. The history may repeat itself at any time, but, through the knowledge of the whole truth about its chronicle, its recurrence is excluded, because "the genocide of the souls" represents an essential accusation in the process against communism.
Please support the completion of this project that would contribute to prevent the repetition of the communist-state inferno. Your eventual contribution to the project would be mentioned within the credits of the film and of the future planned DVD cover. The VideoMedia Foundation, which is producing the film, is going to publish periodically any kind of support, the eventual donations, and the way these may be utilized.
Special thanks to Mr. Dan Calinescu from Toronto, - Canada, for the initiative of creating the web-site www.TheGenocideOfTheSouls.org
conceived to make possible the realization of this project. I congratulate him for the collocation "the genocide of the souls" that he created to define the horrors that originated in Pitesti and continued elsewhere, then resumed under different forms, some of them persisting even today in the souls of those who lived in a communist state. With the approval of Mr. Calinescu, the new title of the film is "The Genocide of the Souls," and the initial one ("The Pitesti Experiment: Re-education through Torture") becomes its subtitle.
I should mention that after the completion of this film, my intention is to realize the following, on the same theme: a TV documentary program series, a book with fragments from the recorded testimonies, and a feature fiction film.
I thank in advance those who are going to make possible the realization of this appeal.
Bucharest, March 31, 2008.
With my best thoughts,
Sorin Iliesiu - film director, the author of the appeal for the national and international condemnation of the criminality and illegitimacy of communism - http://www.libertates.com/
Translated from Romanian by Doru Lucian Iliesiu, assisted by Elisabeth C. Evans-Iliesiu