Terror in the Name of God: The Story of The Sons of Freedom Doukhobors. The DOUKHOBORS, Simma HOLT.
Terror in the Name of God: The Story of The Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.

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Terror in the Name of God: The Story of The Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1964. First edition. 8vo. Black cloth; map endpapers. 312pp. Two 16pp. photo-inserts.

The author's first book, written after her investigations into the activities of the Freedomite leader Stefan Sorokin in Uruguay in 1958 and subsequent years spent in Freedomite research. The Freedomites were a religious faction who split away from the Doukhobors, a Spiritual Christian religious group of Russian origin, around 1902 in Saskatchewan, Canada. They emphasised traditional Russian communal living, resisted external regulation, conducted bombing campaigns and sometimes burned their own money and possessions while protesting nude in public.

Holt's book charts the history of the sect from its origins in Russia and argues that the Freedomites were not the persecuted religious group they claimed to be but rather a "Mafia-like organization which has killed twenty-three Canadians… and warped the lives of successive generations of Doukhobor children."

After the book's publication Freedomites called Holt "the witch" and sent threatening letters, causing her to lock all her Freedomite documents in fireproof storage.

Very Good plus in slightly rubbed dw., neatly internally repaired at head of spine panel.

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