VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

29 February 2020

On the occasion of the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism, our colleague Kálmán Árpád Kovács (The Four Points of Survival: Theoretical and Practical Implementation in the Soviet Labor Camps) and writer / teacher Ádám Koltói (In Honor of My Father) have been invited to speak in Albertirsa.

Dr. Kovács’s lecture takes a look at Károly Olofsson’s (also known as Father Placid*) priceless approach to life and survival, the four points of which are: “Suffering should not be overdramatized. Look for and appreciate the little things in life, which for practitioners of the faith is faith itself. Every day you have to show your captors that you are a better man than they are.”

These thoughts can be interpreted one of three ways: 1.) Through the relationship between Christianity as a religious phenomenon / entity of faith and socialism / communism as a political ideology. 2.) Through the characteristics of Bolshevik and communist Church policy and 3.) Through the theology of suffering.

Location: Móra Ferenc Cultural Center, Pesti út (Road) 85, Albertirsa

Date: 1:30 PM on (Saturday) February 29th, 2020

*Father Placid (1916-2017) was sentenced to hard labor for the distribution of anti-Bolshevik propaganda, committing acts of terrorism and conspiracy. He spent ten years in the Soviet Gulag.