Walter Ciszek SJ

Image of Walter Ciszek taken from his Soviet prison records

A reflection on the life of Walter Ciszek SJ. Walter Ciszek was born in 1904 and became a member of the Maryland/New York Province of the Society of Jesus who was trained as part of a group of Jesuit priests preparing for the re-evangelization of the Soviet Union in the late 1930’s. He secretly entered Russia in 1940 disguised as a Polish logger, but he was quickly arrested and charged with espionage and tortured in the infamous Lubianka Prison in Moscow. He then spent fifteen years in hard labor in a number of Stalinist gulags, and survived a further eight years as a mechanic working under strict living and working conditions in Siberia.

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