A True Account of Brainwashing and the Greater Power of the Gospel

By Silvester Krcmery, Introduction by Michael Novak


336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: December 1998

ISBN 9780824517700

Price: $24.95


In 1951 the communist government of Czechoslovakia sent a young medical doctor to prison for refusing to repudiate his faith. There he experienced solitary confinement, brainwashing and torture for seven years. Since he was trained in psychology, Dr. Krcmery was able to recognize the strategies used against him. Ultimately, what saved him from total physical and mental collapse was the Gospel of John which he had memorized before imprisonment and then turned to again and again. In a supreme act of generosity Silvester Krcmery has opted to recall the horrors of that time in order to give us this singular account of the scientific and spiritual basis of brainwashing.

Author Biography

Silvester Krcméry (1924 -2013) was a scout, a Slovak doctor, a political prisoner under communism and a Catholic dissident who, together with Vladimir Jukl, organized a large secret church in Slovakia. From 1951 to 1964 he was imprisoned. He was one of the organizers of the Candle Manifestation.