Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, 1945

2020-08-03T12:20:23-05:00August 3, 2020|HH 2020|

“And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it….” —Joshua 6:24a

Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

Certain events in history changed the world for all time. Gutenburg’s printing press in the 16th century revolutionized the publication of books and other printed material. The Wright Brothers ushered in the reality of motorized flight, which eventually resulted in walking on the moon, the space station, and war from the air. The use of an atomic weapon over a civilian-populated city brought about the nuclear age which defined political, technological, social, and foreign policy issues for the nations of the world. The remarkable story of the creation of nuclear weapons still seizes the imagination and divides those who study it, over morality and warfare.

The atomic bomb mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

In the Second World War from June 1944 to June 1945, the United States suffered about one million casualties out of the 1.25 million total of the entire war. Germany had surrendered on May 7, but Japan fought on, seemingly to extinction. The American Joint Chiefs and their leader George Marshall struggled to find a means to force the Japanese to quit. The conflict that began April 1 on Okinawa—an island considered part of Japan by the emperor—was using up American troops at an unprecedented rate, and the Japanese were fighting to the last cartridge, making suicide attacks or just killing themselves in their caves.

The signing of the terms of surrender in Reims, Germany, May 7, 1945

Landing of U.S. Marines on the shores of Okinawa, April 1, 1945

In the first six months of 1945, General Curtis LeMay sent B-29 bombers to destroy the industrial centers of Japan, culminating in the fire-bombing of Tokyo in March, which wiped out sixteen square miles of the city, killing more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians. By mid-June the six largest cities of Japan had been fire-bombed to ashes, causing the Japanese government to redouble its production efforts and recruit a citizen army of several million people to repel any invasion.

Tokyo burning under B-29 firebomb assault, May 26, 1945

At the end of 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt had authorized the Manhattan Project, the development of a bomb that could use the power of nuclear fission as a weapon of mass destruction. Led by theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the top secret project scientists raced to create a usable weapon before the Germans or Japanese developed their own nuclear program. Within two years the Los Alamos Laboratories in New Mexico produced two bombs.

J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)

A special air command called the 509th Composite Group, commanded by Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. surreptitiously joined the more than 130,000 people working on the project, and prepared to deliver the atomic weapons over Germany or Japan. Germany surrendered before the atomic bombs could be used there, but Japan stubbornly refused to admit defeat as they prepared for an invasion of the homeland. In July, 1945, the weapon was successfully tested near Alamogordo, New Mexico, and the stage was set for the use of a weapon that could change history.

Part of the Manhattan Project, “Trinity” was the code name for the first detonation of a nuclear device, carried out on July 16, 1945 in New Mexico. The height of the mushroom cloud reached 7.5 miles, and the explosion was felt over 100 miles away.

The “targeting committee” chose five potential sites in Japan that had military significance but had not yet been badly attacked. At the Potsdam meeting of “the Big Three,” Truman once again reiterated the American requirement of the “unconditional surrender“ of Japan and warned of a new destruction about to descend on them if they did not come to terms. The Japanese insisted on keeping their emperor. After much debate and soul-searching, the President gave the order to deploy the first atomic bomb.

Mission runs of August 6 (Hiroshima) and August 9 (Nagasaki)

The “Big Three” at the Potsdam Conference (July 17 – August 2, 1945) in Potsdam, Germany, left to right: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Harry S. Truman, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin

On August 6, Paul Tibbets in command of the B-29 Enola Gay, named after his mother, lifted off for the six-hour flight from Tinian Island to the City of Hiroshima, Japan. At 31,000 feet, the bomb, named “Little Boy,” was released and detonated at about 1,900 feet above the city. About 80,000 people were killed by the blast and the ensuing firestorm. Another 70,000 were injured, and many died in the following days. Ground zero was about a one-mile radius, and 4.4-mile burn zone. Warfare, foreign policy, and history were changed forever.

Paul Tibbets waves from the cockpit of the Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress before taking off for the bombing of Hiroshima

A view of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the bombing

Fierce debates have ensued ever since the bombing of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki several days later. Japan capitulated and got to keep their emperor after all. The United States occupied and rebuilt Japan, but the controversy over using nuclear weapons has never dissipated. Critics have argued that Japan was ready to surrender and the United States government ignored them. Others denied that an actual invasion would not have been necessary, so arguing that the bombing saved lives in the long run just confuses the issue. Many of the arguments supporting the use of nuclear weapons are based on the pragmatic view that a million American lives were preserved, not having to invade. Others suggest that nuclear weapons are just another weapon, with more power than the rest, and did not kill nearly as many as conventional fire-bombing.

Hiroshima two months after the bombing

That comment hints at the basic question, did bombing from the air, whether conventional or nuclear, killing millions of non-combatant civilians, violate any biblical principles regarding warfare? The answer to that question touches on several biblical principles laid down in the Law of God regarding rules for warfare. When you throw in civilian slave-laborers working in war-related industries, the indiscriminate slaughter of non-combatants gets even stickier. If you ask a Second World War veteran if he is glad for the atomic bomb, odds are he will bless the day Hiroshima got destroyed and brought the Empire of Japan to its knees.

Ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (left) now form part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Victory of William Wilberforce, 1833

2020-07-27T10:20:37-05:00July 27, 2020|HH 2020|

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” —Galatians 6:9

The Victory of William Wilberforce, July 26, 1833

Providence is indeed inscrutable. Had Britain retained her American colonies in the late 18th Century, slavery might have been abolished in America by English Parliamentary legislation in 1833. British slave owners in the Caribbean—mainly Jamaica and Barbados—and the absentee landlords and English investors—mostly aristocrats—received compensation for their losses when England abolished slavery in the Slave Abolition Act of 1833. The act was the culmination of a lifetime of fighting for that end by a devoutly Christian Member of Parliament named William Wilberforce. He was informed of the Act three days before his own death.

William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Member of Parliament (1784–1812) and a leader in the slave trade abolition movement

At the age of nine, William Wilberforce began his formal schooling, falling under the influence of a godly teacher, then his aunt and uncle to whom he was sent upon the death of his father in 1767. His Methodist relatives were supporters of evangelist George Whitefield; Wilberforce became attracted to “evangelical religion.” At the age of twelve, however, William’s grandfather and mother, disturbed at his “nonconformity” brought him home to be placed under the influence of rigid Anglicanism. By the age of seventeen, Wilberforce had abandoned his attachment to evangelicalism, inherited a fortune from his grandfather, and entered Cambridge as a witty, party-loving, hail-fellow-well-met student. He excelled in his studies though rather lazy and hedonistic, earning two degrees.

The Wilberforce House in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England—birthplace of William Wilberforce

While a twenty-one-year-old college student, Wilberforce, along with his friend William Pitt, became a Member of Parliament as an independent. He continued his life as a bon-vivant, welcomed at all the best parlors and gambling dens. Although his eyesight was bad and his stature thin and small, his shrewd mind and powerful and eloquent voice won him many admirers. In 1784, on a European vacation, his life changed forever when he came to faith in Christ and submitted his life to the pursuit of godliness.

William Pitt (1759-1806) became the youngest Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1783 at the age of 24

Because outspoken Christian views and evangelistic zeal were frowned on by the upper classes as boring and socially unacceptable, Wilberforce considered leaving politics altogether. He sought counsel from his pastoral friend John Newton and his old friend William Pitt (“the Younger”), both of whom strongly urged him to remain in Parliament and serve Christ in the highest councils of the land. He chose to remain in public life and champion biblical morality whatever the cost socially. In 1787 Wilberforce began what eventually became a crusade to end the slave trade.

John Newton (1725-1807), former slaver turned abolitionist who encouraged Wilberforce to stay in Parliament and “serve God where he was”

As one of the leading slave-trading nations, England’s participation garnered great wealth for the owners of the slave ships and the end-users in the Caribbean. The sugar industry in particular was utterly dependent on the trade, and made millions for the owners and shippers. The human cost in the deaths of slaves during transportation was enormous, not to mention the heavy labor in the cane fields upon arrival in Jamaica, Barbados or other of the Crown Colonies of the New World. Taking on the super-wealthy merchants and their backers in Parliament was both daunting and discouraging for reformers. Wilberforce entered in his journal that “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners (morals).”

Late 18th century slave trade routes

Wilberforce joined with Quakers and other fellow Anglicans in a campaign to inform the public about the horrors of the slave trade. His leadership of a remarkable fraternity, unique in British history, led to the formation of chapters of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade all over Britain. They garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures for legislation relating to the abolition of the slave trade, and they coordinated their activities with like-minded groups in the other slave-shipping countries of Europe and the United States. Wilberforce commenced his anti-slave trade campaign in Parliament, in earnest, in 1789. In the 1790s, the French Revolution and the slave revolt in Haiti set back the forces of the anti-slave trade in England. The bills brought forth by Wilberforce were defeated again and again, and he was even accused of sympathies to the French. Undaunted, Wilberforce and his allies, now called the Clapham Sect, continued to meet, strategize and inform people, despite the criticism and success of their opponents. The parliamentary agreement to abolish the trade “gradually over time” and the War with France that broke out in 1795, slowed the cause for more than ten years.

The Battle of Vertiéres (1803)
The last major battle of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) a slave insurrection against French colonial rule in what is now Haiti

A typical scene at the House of Commons in Wilberforce’s day

The final phase of the campaign included a 400-page book by Wilberforce, and the building of a political coalition that finally ended in the abolition of the slave trade, with royal assent, in 1807, one year before the American Congress did the same. From 1812 to 1824, Wilberforce’s health deteriorated badly, but he kept up his proposals, now to end slavery altogether in the British Empire. The government was opposed to abolition of slavery itself, for it generated great wealth, especially for the vested interests of the aristocracy in the House of Lords. In his 60s, Wilberforce became the figurehead of abolitionism, having to leave Parliament with broken health. As he lay dying of the flu in 1833, he was informed that the government had finally agreed to the compromise that led to the full abolition of slavery in a bill the following year. William Wilberforce died knowing that his unique place in Christ’s Kingdom and the life-long efforts at moral reform—especially the ending of slavery in the Empire—had not been in vain.

William Wilberforce died July 29, 1833 and was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt the Younger

John Day the Printer Dies, 1584

2020-07-20T09:41:28-05:00July 20, 2020|HH 2020|

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it DAY and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” —Joshua 1:8

John Day the Printer Dies, July 23, 1584

When most people think about the Protestant Reformation, they think of Martin Luther and John Calvin, or other Reformers, or their aristocratic benefactors who enabled the preaching of the Gospel, with great blessing from God. There weren’t nearly enough preachers, however, to reach the millions who came in contact with the Reformation and the Bible in the vernacular of their respective countries—Germany, Holland, France, Hungary or England. The unsung heroes of the Reformation were the merchants who carried the Bibles, sermons, Psalters and other biblically orthodox religious books across Europe. They hid the books and tracts in their shipping boxes and horse-carts, their backpacks and their ships. Even more important, were the underground printers who used the new means of publishing books on a large scale, illegally, and to their own punishment if caught. The best and boldest of the lot in England was John Day.

John Day (c. 1522-1584), English Protestant printer

Day was born during Henry VIII’s reign and joined the printing profession during the few years of young King Edward VI’s reign. His family origins are obscure, but his long career in printing took place in London. He likely began as an apprentice in the printing business before setting up his own presses, along with partner William Seres around 1546. Day and Seres specialized in religious books that were controversial, and received several valuable patents like Ponet’s Catechism, for popular Protestant titles. The Reformation was still in its formative years in England and there was an insatiable demand for godly literature. In the early days of their press, fully one-half of their published books attacked the superstitious doctrine of transubstantiation. They also published Continental Reformers in English. In 1549, Day and Seres amicably separated and John started his own printing presses, and joined the prestigious Stationer’s Company, a London printing guild. In 1551 he came out with a beautiful Bible, the book most in demand. His willingness to publish foreign authors, brought skilled Dutch printers to his door, men with whom he worked for the rest of his life.

King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547)

Roman Catholicism was still strong in England although the monasteries had been coopted and destroyed. The Pope had not given up on retrieving the country for the Roman Church, keeping active priests in the homes of Catholic noblemen, preparing for an opportunity to restore the Roman Church and annihilate the leading Protestants. The accession of Mary Tudor to the throne appeared to be the very opportunity to accomplish those purposes.

Devoutly Catholic, “Bloody Mary” burned at the stake for heresy some of the best-selling authors of Day and Seres; others fled to the continent, as did most printers. There is some evidence that Day remained in England and published under a pseudonym, keeping Protestant literature alive during the Marian reign. He seems to have published Lady Jane Gray and John Hooper, both martyred for their faith. Day was eventually sent to the Tower of London for “printing naughty books.” Toward the end of Mary’s reign, he was released, and worked part time with a Catholic printer, biding his time till Mary was gone.

“Bloody Mary” Tudor of England (1516-1558)

John Hooper (c. 1495-1555)

Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554)

When Elizabeth became Queen, Day was back in business printing Reformation literature, including all the sermons of the martyr Hugh Latimer, Protestant catechisms, and various works of Continental theologians, and some scientific works. The high quality of his paper, woodcuts and binding earned him a royal patent to print a particular work “for life,” securing his reputation as a master-printer. He also published Psalters, so vital to worship in all the Protestant Churches and homes, and Bible portions, affordable for the poor.

John Day’s crowning achievement, the one that secured his place in history, was the one he undertook in 1563—John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, better known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. That international best-seller enabled Day to move to even larger quarters. He invested his own money in the project, and also interviewed men who had been persecuted or had known the martyrs, as he himself had. The second edition in 1570 ran to 2,300 pages in two folio volumes. William Cecil, the Queen’s main counsellor ordered every cathedral to own a copy. Collectors’ prices of the Second Edition today start at $15,000.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

The execution of Thomas Cranmer as depicted in a woodcut from John Day’s first printing of John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments, 1563

No doubt John Day’s publishing success helped him in practical ways. His first wife bore him 13 children, as did his second wife. Puritans took the biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply most seriously. Day seems to have had both a sense of humor (who would not with 26 children?) and a sense of the importance of the Reformation, for his printer’s device shows a rising sun and the words “Arise, For It Is Day!” The number of spiritual children that resulted from his publishing efforts, is known only to God. John Day died on July 23, 1584, probably around the age of sixty-two.

Page from John Day’s 1559 printing of William Cuningham’s Cosmographical Glasse

Removing the Ancient Landmarks

2020-07-15T13:19:46-05:00July 14, 2020|Articles|

Removing the Ancient Landmarks

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” —Proverbs 22:28

June 2020 will be remembered as the greatest cultural purge of American history in more than a century. As radicals capitalized on tragedy and sorrow to create an environment of fear and chaos, a clear message emerged: “Destroy the past.” Tear it down. Burn it. Leave standing no landmarks to our liberties.

Within the span of three weeks, hundreds of monuments were decapitated, desecrated, destroyed, or removed. And not just in the United States, but around the world. From Columbus to Churchhill, Jefferson to Jackson, mob leaders directed their followers to leave no stone unturned.

“If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” —Psalm 11:3

Politicians and community leaders got the message. Many trembled in fear. Others capitulated. Some turned a blind eye as landmarks were destroyed. In states like Connecticut, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia, some mayors attempted to appease mobs by sending crews to remove the very statues which the violent protestors were unable to topple. Citing concern over police violence, the much-beloved bronzes to the Texas Rangers were removed by officials from Dallas Love Field Airport and Texas A&M University.

The desecration of America’s cultural heritage was not limited to statues of peace officers and generals of the Confederate States of America, but to veterans of numerous wars, as well as notable figures of the pre-colonial, colonial, and early republic periods.

The vandalism and defacement even included a notable monument to black soldiers fighting for the Union during the 1860s and a marker in South Carolina to the tragedy of public auctions of humans during the height of the slave trade.

There were many to stoke the flames of violence. One Alabama college professor tweeted instructions to the mobs on the most effective strategies for violently tearing down statues. Prominent commentators associated with national news outlets, like CNN, explained that the destruction of monuments to Christopher Columbus was just the first step. They demanded the removal of landmarks and memorials to the Founding Fathers, beginning with Washington and Jefferson. Statues are to be torn down, streets renamed, and public reminders of the patriots of 1776 must be removed out of respect for those who “might be offended” by their presence.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” —Hosea 4:6

CNN’s Angela Rye made this astonishing claim:

“We have to get to the heart of the problem here. The heart is the way many of us were taught American history… George Washington was a slave owner…. He wasn’t protecting my freedoms… To me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down.”

Even memorials to President Abraham Lincoln were called into question. After all, the public was reminded that Lincoln advocated relocating slaves to Africa, his Emancipation Proclamation only applied to slaves in the Southern states, and he appointed a slave owner by the name of Ulysses S. Grant to lead his troops.

The assault on America’s national landmark treasures reminded some of the Egyptian protests of 2011 which led to the looting of numerous precious antiquities. For others, the mass destruction of monuments was likened to a Stalinist purge. Civil libertarian and attorney Allen Dershowitz advised:

“The idea of willy-nilly going through and doing what Stalin did: just erasing history and re-writing it to serve current purposes, does pose a danger, and it poses a danger of educational malpractice, of missing opportunities to educate people…”

In the wake of “The June Purge,” many Americans are left with a deep sense of loss, but confused about what can be done. They are troubled. Troubled by the assault on the landmarks to their liberties. Troubled by leaders who are more afraid of the mob than their duties. Troubled by what to say to their children. Troubled by how to defend their history against the hatred.

If you are among those Americans, stay close to us at this time. Pray with us. Walk with us. Study with us.

We are arming the next generation of children with a winning apologetic—potent arguments to answer the critics. We will be taking families to important locations where the providence of God in our history was demonstrated with power. Why? So that our children will love liberty in their hearts, thank God with their lips, and never be ashamed to say:

“O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old.” —Psalm 44:1

Royal Family of Russia Murdered, 1918

2020-07-13T09:55:53-05:00July 13, 2020|HH 2020|

But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” —Proverbs 8:36

Royal Family of Russia Murdered, July 17, 1918

Tsar Nicholas II was the last emperor of “All Russia.” He and his family were arrested during the Bolshevik Revolution which engulfed Russia in 1917. Nicholas and the German Kaiser, Wilhelm, were first cousins and both had tried to get the other to back down from going to war in 1914, when Serbia was attacked by Austria. The “Willy-Nicky” letters, however, did not stop the various pre-war national alliances from rolling forward with military action in the Balkans (“the powder keg of Europe”), and snowballing until all of Europe was aflame. Russia was not prepared for the German onslaught that swept into their territory, eventually killing more than a million and a half Russians and capturing more than a million more. The Tsar remained at the front, while his empire disintegrated behind him, with millions of Russians tired of the losses from the war and ready to be led into a totally new kind of political regime. Nicholas finally returned home, too late to stop the revolution.

The Balkan peninsula region, loosely defined as fully or partly encompassing: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kososvo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

Tsar Nicholas (1868-1918) of Russia in 1898

Nicholas Romanov, born in the Royal Palace in 1868 to Tsar Alexander III, inherited the Russian Empire in 1894 at the age of twenty-six, upon the unexpected death of his father. He was related to many of the royal families of Europe, first cousin to the King of England and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. He married the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England. Together they had five children, the last being Alexei, a hemophiliac and heir apparent.

On the surface, it appeared that, even though Nicholas believed himself God’s representative on earth to rule Russia, and eschewed any thoughts of a constitutional monarchy such as that of his cousins in England, the people of his Empire seemed quiescent enough that his following his father’s policies suited the society well. His foreign policy kept the peace in the Balkans and alliance with France intact, although an ill-advised war with Japan in 1902 proved militarily disastrous, and demonstrated Russia’s real weaknesses.

Alexander III (1845-1894) and family, Nicholas his oldest child standing in the center back

Tsar Nicholas of Russia (1868-1918)

King George V of England (1865-1936)

Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (1859-1941)

A revolution broke out in 1905 when various workers’ socialist parties marched, unarmed, on the Winter Palace, to present a petition to the Tsar for labor reform. The marchers were essentially peaceful, singing hymns and carrying pictures of the Tsar. Convinced by his counsellors that the marchers were an absolute threat to his autocratic rule, he left St. Petersburg, and the army fired on the demonstrators, killing many. The state “advisory” legislature the Tsar had called into being, the Duma, demanded universal suffrage, radical land reform, and release of political prisoners. The Tsar dismissed the Duma. Workers’ strikes swept the country. By 1911, the third Duma was chosen and moved more strategically in seeking reforms. Three years later doom descended on Europe.

“Bloody Sunday” or “Red Sunday”, January 22, 1905—Soldiers of the Imperial Guard fired upon unarmed demonstrators led by Father Georgy Gapon as they marched towards the Winter Palace to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II

Siding with Serbia over a controversy with Austria—the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand—Russia went to war with Germany the first week of August, 1914. Although Tsar Nicholas had called for general mobilization, Russia was woefully unprepared to fight a war. Germany had been preparing for more than twenty years for just such a conflict and the ill-advised Tsar sent millions of men to their deaths, some having drilled with broomsticks, and others with no ammunition when sent to battle.

The assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914) helped precipitate the start of WWI

Food and fuel shortages brought mass starvation to the families at home, as Russian armies reeled before the German attacks. The Duma criticized the Tsar’s attempt to bolster the army by going to the front himself. He dissolved the Duma once again, and political moderates seeking reform joined the more radical parties who were calling for the overthrow of the Tsar. In February of 1917, revolution broke out again when industrial workers struck and hungry people marched calling for bread. Soldiers were called out and fighting in the streets erupted. The Duma formed a provisional government and the Tsar abdicated. In October, Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Party overthrew the provisional liberal “capitalist middle class” Kerensky government, and declared rule by councils of soldiers, peasants, and workers—“soviets.” The Atheistic Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, took over St. Petersburg (renamed Petrograd and later Leningrad). Civil war erupted between the “Whites”—a loose coalition of monarchists, capitalists, and social democrats—and the “Reds,”—the radical communists, which included support from most of the army. The war lasted for about five years, with the ultimate triumph of the Bolsheviks and the establishment of the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”

Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)

The family of Tsar Nicholas II

The Royal family was moved several times by the Bolsheviks, finally to Yekaterinburg. On July 17, 1918, the Tsar and his family, whose ancestors had ruled Russia for centuries, were taken to a basement and massacred by the secret police. In 1979, 1998 and 2007, the bones of the Romanovs were discovered in three separate locations, not far from the site of their assassinations, accounting for the entire family and others who were slaughtered with them. Communism demonstrated for the world to see, not just this once, but over and over and over again, what people can expect from the attempt to establish a socialist utopia, whether in Russia, Cuba, China, Albania, Cambodia, North Korea, etc., in a revolutionary world of depraved sinners who rule without God or His Law.

In 1998, 80 years after the executions, the remains of the Romanov family were reinterred in a state funeral at St. Catherine’s Chapel in Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, their final resting place