TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD by Simma Holt

TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a documentary dealing with a controversial topic, the Doukhobors, who migrated from Russia to Canada. Their external devotion to the cause of people and the tenets of simple Christianity have won for them fervent endorsements from intellectuals starting with Tolstoy. Investigation reveals the strange convolutions of their so-called faith, their dedication to hate and violence, their refusal to conform to any normal society, any rule of law and order. In particular, the sect within the Doubhobors who call themselves the Sons of Freedom, demonstrate their lawlessness by arson and nudity. Worst of all, a sort of backwoods Mafia, they indoctrinate their children from infancy in the same ""faith."" For forty years they have terrorized the Kootenay Indians of British Columbia. Mrs. Holt, a journalist who had the cooperation of the Canadian Mounted Police and even some of the Doukhobors who are beginning to realize that they cannot live this life of terrorism, has done an able job of examining court records, obtaining personal stories and bringing the evidence together in a first-hand record amply illustrated by photographs. One reads it for the facts, not for the manner of presentation, which is often awkward, fragmented, or too detailed a reportage to follow as a consecutive narrative. While the contents are sensational, the coverage is not-- and reads as an expanded news story.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1965
Publisher: Crown