“God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.” Brothers Karamazov.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Gen 3:6
“It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!” Hymn to the Theotokos
“A horrific and surreal scene unfolded Monday night outside the Cathedral of Mar de Plata in Argentina as hordes of women, many of them masked and half naked, violently assaulted a group of young men who stood outside the Cathedral of Mar de Plata praying and standing watch.”
“In the Synaksare, stated in the Week of Lent without meat, we read that, “The Antichrist will come and be born, as St. Ippolit of Rome declares, from a depraved wife and self-styled virgin, which is from the Jews, from the tribe of Dan.”
As the contrasts are ever increasing between light and darkness, despite all the attempts to concoct a uniform mixture of all shades of gray, we are facing this question with increasing frequency:
“You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
It so happened that Romania witnessed both answers to this question by two women: Princess Ileana and Ana Pauker (real name Hannah Rabinsohn)
Yes, I am one of this man’s disciples was the answer of princess Ileana and the fruit she bore was this:
Although not a Romania by birth and although she could leave Romania to safety she decide to stay and with faith in God she built a hospital for the wounded soldiers, the Hospital of the Queen’s Heart. Although as a princess she was automatically assumed to be an enemy of the newly communist state and she and her family could be arrested at any time, she continued to help those in suffering, even the enemies were impressed by the work she did. Emile Bodnaras, the Secretary of the Communist Party and later Secretary General of the Presidency told her: “My opinion of you and of your work has changed… When we come to power, remember me, I will do all that I can to help you”. Although because the situation was so deadly risky for her family that she supplied every single member with suicide pills in case they were ever arrested (and usually tortured and killed), she stayed following Lords commandment to be with the sick and suffering. After being exiled she became a nun dedicating her life entirely to God and helped establish a monastery on American soil which has become known throughout the Orthodox World.
Hannah had a different answer to that question. She, like princess Ileana was not a Romanian. We do not know exactly what her answer was but here is a brief description of her life and the fruits she offered:
Also known “The Red Lady” of the Soviet bloc, the unofficial leader of the Romanian Communist Party immediately following Second World War, the obscure ruler of a country she hated with all her soul, Moscow’s agent #1 in Bucharest, she had contributed in full to the communist genocide and the destruction of Romania under Stalin’s rule.
She was a terrorist of international scale, not inferior in any regard to another late creation of Moscow, Carlos Ilici Ramirez. While she equalled Carlos in cruelty, she succeeded him by far in guile and Machiavellism.
By profession a seamstress, an ex-NKDVD and Comintern agent (1919-1943), sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 1936 and exchanged as a result of Romanian-soviet agreement, with Ion Codreanu, a bessarabian unionist fighter arrested by soviets. She had an adventurous life, had multiple marriages, one of them with engineer Marcel Pauker, which she denounced as trotzkist which led to him being shot in 1938 by Stalin’s decree.
Hannah Robinsohn, Luka Laszlo, Burach Tescovici, (Hannah being the leader), had complete control over the soviet army in Romania and over the police forces organized in a terrorist manner. They implemented a policy of cruel repression against Romanians which she hated from all her heart. People who opposed her ended up in prisons. Political prisons, labour camps, re-education are all the results of her work in Romania. “Re-education” meant terrorizing the prisoners by prisoners until the “revolutionary shock” is achieved. Torture was without breaks, horrible, irresponsible and without escape. The right to day didn’t exist, the only right being the right to a monstrous life. Several prisoners accepted that in the beginning, then the avalanche grew, every victim becoming a torturer of their own friends. Her power comes to an end in 1952, when Stalin launches the anti-Semitic campaign. She is arrested in 1952, charged with being a trotkzist and not following the party line, accused of being connected to foreign espionage services and escapes capital punishment because of Stalin’s death, becoming an assistant at the Political Publishing ( for the translation of the Marxist-Leninist classics)
There were many antichrists, the down-scaled imitations of the son of perdition to come. There were many women who were down-scaled imitations of the evil woman who will give birth to the son of perdition. In order for hater of humanity to be born, there needs to appear a woman who will hate herself and all humanity with abyssal depth and most perfect hatred. Some Argentinean women just offered us a quick and significant glimpse of what it is.
“Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” Rev 22:11