Elizabeth Dilling: Persecuted For Exposing Soviet Barbarity & Communist Subversion
….As our Guide turned a switch, lights came on indicating the places all over the world where Communist Party headquarters were then functioning.…
American Elizabeth Dilling was a stunned eyewitness to the barbarity of Communism in the Soviet Union in 1931. This is an adapted version of her own statement with images added. The dates mentioned below are highly relevant to Rhodesia’s stand against the terror of international Marxist forces in 1965.
My Awakening To The Red Terror
Our family trip to Red Russia in 1931 started my dedication to anti-Communism. We were taken behind the scenes by friends working for the Soviet Government and saw deplorable conditions, first hand.
We were appalled, not only at the forced labor, the squalid crowded living quarters, the breadline rationcard workers’ stores, the mothers pushing wheelbarrows and the begging children of the State nurseries besieging us.
The open virulent anti-Christ campaign, everywhere, was a shock. In public places were the tirades by loud speaker, in Russian (our friends translated). Atheist cartoons representing Christ as a villain, a drunk, the object of a cannibalistic orgy (Holy Communion); as an oppressor of labor; again as trash being dumped from a wheelbarrow by the Soviet “Five-Year-Plan”–these lurid cartoons filled the big bulletin boards in the churches our Soviet guides took us to visit.
I took pictures of the anti-Christ posters on the porch of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in Leningrad.
In the Museum of the Revolution we were shown a huge world map. As our Guide turned a switch, lights came on indicating the places all over the world where Communist Party headquarters were then functioning. Proudly our Guide announced:
“Our world revolution will start with China and end with the UNITED STATES”.
“Oh, NO! Not THAT”, was my thought. But, country by country, the boast has been steadily advancing.
Red Russia Changes My Life
We were taken to the beautiful Church of the Redeemer in Moscow which was then, we were told, about to be dynamited to make way for a “Palace of Soviets”. There was a display of full-sized mannikins dressed in the robes of the Church carrying on the Good Friday Footwashing ceremony. Our Guide rasped:
“This was to show that if the Archbishop could wash the feet of the humble priest the poor should endure their sufferings without complaint! Religion was always for the suppression of the people, to keep them working from dawn to late at night under the lash!”
I thought of our Savior washing the feet of His Disciples as an example, and telling them that he who would be great among you should be the servant of all (John 13:13-15; Matt. 23:11). I glanced up at the exquisite stained glass window of Christ, about to be demolished, and a little tear trickled down my cheek as I thought:
“I can never hate You like that!”
Terror and Torture
Staying at my hotel was the representative of a foreign country. He told me of the police terror; how the last manager of that hotel had been whisked off in the middle of the night by the “Black Mariah”–like millions of others never to be seen again. Some of our party had been taken to the police station; they had laughed in a movie theater. They were released when they explained that they had laughed at a private joke, not at the picture (which was Soviet-made). After this, and more, I returned to the “nice” North Shore of Chicago where the “intelligentsia” were rendering brainwashed reverence to the “great Soviet Experiment”.
The Spanish ‘Civil’ War & Christians As Warriors
The Communist invasion, by proxy armies, of Spain in 1936 was falsely declared a civil war. Thirteen bishops, and 6832 priests, nuns, monks, and other religious figures were murdered in the Spanish ‘Civil’ War, compared with about 900 clerics during the French Revolution. Historians have called this the largest clerical bloodletting in the history of the Christian Church. Yet we are rarely, if ever, hear about it at school or via Hollywood Holocaust movies.
Dilling took two trips to Spain, where Francisco Franco’s officers allowed her to visit the front and take video and photographs of “churches ruined by the Reds with the same satanic Jewish glee shown in Russia.” When she returned to the U.S., Dilling gave film and slide presentations of her footage to women’s groups.
Lecturing and Persecution
Behind the backs of the careless [Soviet] Guides I had taken movies of the rickety trains, etc., in Russia. By chance I started showing these movies to patriotic audiences, my husband running the projector as I told the story. Articles written for a little local newspaper were reprinted by the DAR and larger and larger groups called for my talks: District meetings of the Legion; the Military Intelligence; churches from coast to coast. I was recommended for all Chambers of Commerce, and spoke for the Minneapolis, Cleveland, Los Angeles, etc., groups. I broadcast over the Moody Bible Institute radio and its head became my closest friend to her death. Dr. Ironside introduced me as the only woman he had ever asked to occupy his pulpit in the Moody Church. I spoke in the great church of Dr. W. B. Riley, organizer of the World Fundamentalist Assn, my defender to his death.
I frequently spoke in Detroit churches and on numerous occasions was entertained at the executives’ table at the Ford plant. Henry had me write (1939) a report on the U. of Michigan (80 pages). He contributed that year $5,000 to the cost of my office labor which cost $12,000 that year. The head of the National Sojourners had me airmail my two books to Sen. Royal Copeland to give to Vice Pres. Garner who, I was told, stayed up all night reading them and had his friend Cong. Dies of Texas start up the Dies Committee on Un-American Activities (later called the House Com.) as a result.
The hub of world anti-Christ power, the financial and industrial power best described in Rev. 18:11-, is the American Jewish Committee with its B’nai B’rith brotherhood, and its “secret police”, smear and ruin arm, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). After having pushed a reluctant USA into World War II–to spread Communism across the earth, and with its first world base, Soviet Russia, as our “ally”, it was decided to crush all Anti-Communists by trying them as “Fascists, Nazis”.
A series of indictments against some 30 anti-Communists, of which I was one, was engineered by the American Jewish Committee, in 1942, 1943, 1944. The 1942 indictment never came to trial. The 1943 indictment was dismissed in Washington by Judge Adkins. Only the 1944 indictment went to trial under a stooge judge Eicher. An unbelievable farce was staged without any legality or fact. After the death of judge Eicher, the case was dismissed by Judge Bolitha Laws with the scathing denunciation that it had been a crime to hold those people on trial all that time without a single piece of evidence in accordance with the charge being introduced by the prosecution against ANY defendant. The Communist press had been gloating that the “sedition trial” was part of the “Moscow Purge trials” then in session all over Europe. I reproduced the item on one of my Bulletins, sent to every Congressman.
Who is Elizabeth Dilling?
Elizabeth Dilling was the most famous “mother” of the 1930s and ’40s in America. An adamant Christian since her youth, her friends expected her to be an evangelist. She studied at the University of Chicago and became a housewife after marriage. Dilling and her husband traveled extensively. A month-long tour of the Soviet Union in 1931 made her adamantly opposed to communism, particularly its rejection of Christianity, and she vowed to speak out against it when she returned to the U.S.
“Travel in more than 60 countries convinced me that the USA had the greatest system of government, and was the most fortunate nation on earth. I did not want it Sovietized, collectivized. Careful research and documentation have resulted in the fact that nothing I have ever printed has, to date, been refuted by friend or foe.”
Mike Walsh reports:
In 1941 Dilling led a “Mothers’ March on Washington” opposing the proposed Lend-Lease Bill which would provide aid to Great Britain and the Soviet Union.
The purpose of the Bill, if passed, was to rescue Bolshevism. Bolshevism was at bay — the Red Army was soon to fall before the liberation forces of Germany, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and other anti-Communist nations.
The promise of American support stiffened tyrant Joseph Stalin’s resolve to attack and add much of Europe to the growing Soviet Empire. President Roosevelt signed the Bolshevik-rescuing Lend Lease Act on March 11, 1941.
Elizabeth Dilling was one of 30 American defendants charged with “subversion” in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944. The trial was an initiative of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Its purpose was to investigate, ruin, and punish ‘seditionists’ opposed to America’s foreign wars.
Dilling had a healthy interpretation of Christianity, in that she viewed it not as a faith of meekness, but one of fighting. She believed that Jesus had commanded Christians to fight infidels and quoted Matt. 10:34: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come not to send peace, but a sword.” She spoke of “Satan’s Red pits of Bolshevism disguised as humanitarianism” and how Christians were vulnerable to humanist propaganda.
For a while, her efforts centered on investigating colleges, making lists of books on Marxism and by Freud in the libraries. Henry Ford (who paid for her office furniture and had her on his payroll for six months) paid her $5,000 to investigate the University of Michigan, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce paid her to investigate UCLA.
In 1933, she started compiling a list of communists and related subversives, working 12 to 14 hours a day for a more than a year. The result was the self-published, 352-page book The Red Network: A Who’s Who and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots.
Editor Comment: The glorification of Marx and Lenin in the West today is the glorification of evil. In our Behind The Red Mask category of articles we have shown there was documented proof of an international Communist takeover behind the ‘liberation’ of Africa, including Rhodesia and South Africa. The consequences of their success is self-evident:
- Zimbabwe is a collapsed state that is permanently on the brink of mass starvation (like Soviet Russia).
- South Africa is collapsing rapidly. Since Mandela, South Africa’s violent crime rates are permanently at war zone levels, especially rape and murder.
For those who believe that Communism died with the fall of the Berlin wall, we recommend starting with the following books that can be read online for free here and here. Also, watch the video below for an introduction to Anatoliy Golistyn who defected in 1961 and explained the Communist deception. Note, that it was in 1965 that Rhodesia declared unilateral independence and refused to submit to Marxist proxy armies.