Romanian Communist Secret Police Tried To Kill Rev. Richard Wurmbrand And Family,

Authentic Proof!

Document prepared and translated by Michael Wurmbrand, 11/29/2012



I had the recent opportunity to consult over 8,000 pages of declassified documents from the former Romanian Communist Secret Police (“Securitate”). I found out an undisputable  proof the Romanian communists decided and planned to carry on the Wurmbrand  assassination.


Following is a translation of a partially reproduced communist secret police document describing such a seven-point plan to kill us. I wrote also a discussion of matters I learned from these documents of  importance to those interested in helping the victims of communist oppression. If you loved and respected the Wurmbrand family, if you were inspired in your life by any of the Wurmbrand books and activities, please give this document the widest possible circulation among your circle of friends. You will see by reading this document, you will arrive to a different understanding on protecting yourself and your loved ones. I would appreciate if you are able translating this in your foreign language, sending to me  such translation for further reproduction.





Translation of above:

Strictly Secret, in one copy. No.  25.856, August 13, 1974. APPROVED! (Signed)



(the code name of the communist External Information Service for the late Reverend Richard , as may be seen from hundreds of documents and the text itself, NT, note of translator.  The concatenated  A SHAVER” is an  English slang term, coming  from an equivalent Romanian word , designating someone who is an itinerant  truant, someone having escaped from being controlled.)


“ASHAVER” (Richard Wurmbrand, NT), age 65, evangelical minister, married, has one child, lives in Los Angeles, 1109 E. Chevy Chase (the Richard Wurmbrand correct office address at the time, in Glendale, Ca. NT)

Translation of above:

“After leaving the country, he launched an intense campaign of badmouthing the political regime in our country (communist governmment, NT) editing over 10 million (books, NT) fliers and other materials of inimical character.

“With the support of rightwing religious circles, he organizes conferences in different countries in Europe and in the United States, attacking Romania virulently.

“During his travels he is accompanied by his wife and 2-3 public relations persons, arranging his meetings.

“Lately he expressed fears being liquidated by the Soviet State authorities, against which he organizes badmouthing actions as well.

Translation of above:

“Since the actions undertaken (by us) against him had so far no result, the situation demands undertaking measures of his total destruction. Therefore we propose different (actions) as follows:”

“ 1) Sending a (secret police) officer to ”GALAXIA” with the mission of studying and creating possibilities to act against “ASHAVER ( Richard Wurmbrand, NT).”

 (GALAXIA was the secret code name, used by the communist information services at the time, for the United States, NT)

Translation of above:

“ in order to establish through (our) agency (embassy, NT)

·     The activities schedule, routes (taken) means of transportation, places visited, persons close to him.

·     Since “ASHAVER ( Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” allows visits at his home, we will use this opportunity for the penetration by an officer or collaborator to give us a proper description, with the scope to annihilate him through some means corresponding to the concrete existing environment.

Accomplishing term (of mission): September 20th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.


Translation of above:

“ 2) Through our informers “Veron” and “Elias” (obviously code names, NT) we will establish the travel schedule for the next 3 months of “ASHAVER” (Richard Wurmbrand, NT), trying based on this, to find out the country offering best opportunities for carrying this plan.

“Based on such data, (one of our) officers will travel there to study the local environment (halls where conferences are being held, probable places he eats or dwells) taking special measures to place a poisoning means in the bed he will sleep.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): September 10th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.

Translation of above:

“3) Since “ASHAVER’s (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)”s (books) are published by a religious publishing house in Geneva (Switzerland), visited by him (in his travels,) through the informer “HERMANN” (obviously a code name, NT) we will find out details re. the building, the employees, access paths, when is he likely to travel to Switzerland, in order to use such information to act (on this plan.)

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): September 25th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.


Translation of above:

“4) Since October, this year, “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT) is scheduled to travel to Israel, therefore with the help of informer “EREMIA” (obviously a code name, NT) we will establish the cities where he will travel, the halls where he will hold meetings, persons accompanying him, places of meals and hotels in order to prepare the conditions to act upon him. If these measures in that “actionable space” will be approved, an officer will be placed there to carry on the actual plan.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 10th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.

Translation of above:

“ 5) Recently obtained information shows that “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” has involved in his activities his son, an engineer (by education), living in (IC, unclear abbreviation, might mean within the radius of the Romanian consulate, NT) and he visits him from time to time. Through the posibilities of the conference holder “ABAR” (probable code names for the local consulate of Romania on the US west coast and its consul, NT) we will find out his dwelling address and his activities, in order to analyze any opportunity given to act upon him when visiting there.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 1st 1974,

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.

Translation of above:

“6) We will study using an experienced person, in whom we could have full confidence, who, against a corresponding payment, will insure the destruction of “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT.)”

“7) We will take corresponding measures to implement a device, capable of an explosion obtained from a distance and of a chemical substance, ICE (code name of the substance, NT) to be used to destroy him.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 10th 1974,

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion”

End of translation of reproduced document.


Discussion by Michael Wurmbrand:


From many other thousands of communist secret police documents I  found out that scores, if not even hundreds of officers and informers residing outside Romania were used to implement different aspects of these plans of killing the Wurmbrands as late as 1978  A great number of our family activities travels on 4 continents were reported in great detail, our location, even the way we were dressed, best ways to be identified, all contacts in great detail, a great number of photographic material was obtained. The Romanian communist secret police tried to identify in great extensive detail and if possible gain access, to anyone worldwide connected to the Wurmbrand family.


There are documents showing how both Romanian but also non-Romanian newspersons, politicians, church leaders, in the actual even conscious paid employ of the Romanian secret police, will be marshaled  to implement these plans to destroy the Wurmbrands. For example, they were directed to   show friendship and support for the Wurmbrands’ missionary message, even write pro-Wurmbrand newspaper articles, so as to gain our confidence over long time. Then they would attract close friends or workers of the Wurmbrands in different countries visited, to leave their homes for outside visits, so listening devices or searches could be conducted in their homes.


It was internally emphasized to its own officers  that the budget of the External Information Service (SIE) of the Romanian communist government for destroying the Wurmbrands, was with no imposed ceiling.  The plans were not amateurish, they were extremely detailed, insidious and carried to an extent that our family, thinking ourselves as experts on communism and the communist methods would have never suspected.


Hundreds of ministers, yes on 4 continents visited by us, who accepted Richard Wurmbrand, his wife and myself, to speak in their churches, church leaders of all denominations, bishops, world congress  organizers, politicians who met us, were opened follow-through files by the Romanian communist secret police. These files allowed the communist police to find out their interests, weaknesses, how they could be approached ideologically or even befriended to help the killer’s plans. There are scores of informative notes given by Christians, conscious tools, informers of the Romanian secret police. It sounds preposterous but there are documents even on Billy Graham showing him caught in this nefarious communist net. It is discussed how he could be used as a known friend of President Nixon to influence the President of the US. Our family was followed both in Romania of course but here in the West 24/7 by as many as 7 different persons, at the same time. So if we watched, we would see unrelated different persons walking or driving.


There are documents that have the signature of the communist dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu and the head of the secret police approving these plans. These plans were discussed at length by the so called Counsel on  Security of the State, plans in part signed on also by the most famous and highest officer ever to defect from a communist secret police from all communist countries, general Ion Mihai Pacepa (his story on the internet, see ), of course before his defection from Romania.


I cannot emphasize enough how extensive was the communist “hand-” reach into the lives of anyone, the communists thought had any tangency to the Wurmbrand family, not only of course in Romania, other communist countries but here in the West. It would of course take months of studies of these documents and reproduction of thousands of pages to document this enormous effort of the communists to attack in one way or another Richard Wurmbrand, his family and his worldwide message of unmasking the communist persecution of the Christian faithful.


When Richard Wurmbrand came to the West and explained that in a country of 20 million at least 1 million passed through communist prisons, many church leaders in the West blamed Wurmbrand as “exaggerating.” After the fall of communism in Romania, the official numbers published were 10% of the population, in excess of 2 million. I pray none of the readers of this paper, for their own good and safety, will dismiss what I write here as exaggerating in the least bit.  


Since I was at both ends of this equation, first as one of the founders 45 years ago of a missionary organization, known now as Voice of the Martyrs, opposing and widely making known communist atrocities and now being able to obtain first hand information in thousands of pages,  how our communist adversaries would fight us, even trying to kill us, I would like to share with you the lessons I learned, thinking some of these might be of a real spiritual benefit to whoever reads this and to their loved ones.


I would not blame the reader of this material for wondering how come we have not been killed already following such a gigantic effort on the part of the Romanian communists? The first and only answer is “BY THE GRACE OF GOD!”  The communists surely tried.


It also happened so that the highest person of the Romanian communist secret police, the communist general Pacepa defected to the US in 1978. Ceausescu, the communist dictator tried to silence many opponents of his through killing them. He tried to use the famous international terrorist Ilich Sanchez, nicknamed “Carlos the Jackal.” It is public information  about housing and supporting him financially in Romania. Communist General Pacepa’s defection 1978 occurred, as he explained, because he had been sent to kill the head of the Free Europe Radio, Romanian Section. In the same timeframe Ceausescu sent a killer to France to execute another dissident and this “killer” officer defected to the French secret service . The French secret service staged and publicized “a mock-killing” of the dissident targeted to be killed.  The Romanian communist secret police functioning with  no idea of the real facts and believing the killing had been carried on. The French  followed through all the radio, mail traffic with the Romanian secret service, proving the episode as having originated with the Romanian communists. The President of France traveled subsequently to Romania and explained to the communist dictator Ceausescu that all loans, Romanian business internationally, his own perks and even his life will be terminated if such behavior continues. Above all is documented. Ceausescu disbanded his communist “killing service.” The Wurmbrands survived and I am sorry my parents are not alive today when all this secret informative material has been made available to me and I have to convey to you my lessons learned.


·     Our family starting a missionary work, now called Voice of the Martyrs was done in pain, in faith, in urgency, comparable to a drowning person hanging to a straw or someone seriously injured begging for even an aspirin. We had been ransomed out of communist Romania for $10,000 and our immediate goal was to appeal to the Christians in the West to help they fellow Christians oppressed under communism. True Christian work expecting true miracles is like that and need be kept like that. Moses was sent by God to Egypt to reason with Pharaoh only having a walking stick.  Eventually he came to realize he needed and obtained from God more, 10 miraculous plagues.


·     When engaged with an adversary controlling country or countries the fight is unequal because:

·     Those engaged in the fight on the good side are maybe one or a few, while the human resources on the other side are even countless! No one  kid themselves  with the “mantra” or “example” of David fighting Goliath, but imagine a fight between David and hundreds of Goliaths.


·     The one fighting on the good side fails to realize the personal nature of this fight. One imagines one fights for freedom of others, for good principles, for true faith, in general naively for worthy concepts. The evil adversary in droves fights not for an ideology but for its own survival, positions they grabbed, salaries, using means that the good heroes in their naiveté would never imagine!  Yes, these communist officers were fighting for their jobs.



·     I did know the communists would like the Wurmbrands dead. Even when the FBI came to alert me personally that a bullet seems to have been designated for me, I only took general precautionary measures but would not have  imagined my closest acquaintances, yes eating sometimes daily at my table, were a paid part of this plan for the communist bullet to arrive to kill me.  One may not be ever naïve about one or many Judases.



It is not enough to have the good will and even necessary knowledge  to be engaged in  the fight to help victims of an oppressor without taking seriously that your own life and limb is in danger. Your family is in danger and they need be made highly aware of this.  


As for the kids, think of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. This is not just a story. Abraham was named a man of faith not for nothing. Are you ready for what you believe to sacrifice you unwitting children? Do you have a true understanding of what means collateral damage and are willing to take the responsibility for it? At the time the communists had these deadly plans on against me, my daughter was 2 years old only. Did I think of that? No I did not!


 I apologize through this writing even if late, even I  cannot do better, to anyone, I or my parents  met or touched and have them ended in the cross-hairs of the communist aim. They are documented by the hundreds, too many to name. The stories in the Bible, describe  leprous persons  having to shout warning with “leper”, “leper” before approaching anyone. I should have alerted all my friends, acquaintances on what my occupation and dangers were. If engaged in a fight with such enemies, I urge you do same. I do not blame anyone , without explanations, refused to have relations with us. From these documents I can read how countless had been contacted by the communist,s to work against us and preferred to just take a silent distance, rather than communicate with us. The mission used many willing Christians abroad or inside communist countries to be Bible- or help other be Bible- smugglers. Without us thinking many Christians in Romania used their children and thus exposed unwitting children to unimaginable dangers.


Further thoughts as to how those who have desire and means to fight such enemies of Christianity should proceed!  When willing to make a sacrifice it is good to think through seriously for whatever goal you accomplish,  the amount of hurt you and others are really able to bear. Once hurt, it is too late for regrets, especially  when others, without any warning or inkling,  are hurt around you as well.


As my father emphasized many times, the head of the serpent needs be crushed and we need not tickle its belly. Christians have to attack the head of evil. Love of money is the root of all evil. The reason the communists wanted and worked to see us dead, was described by one of the Romanian communist ambassadors in a confidential discussion, “because of Wurmbrand, Romania lost preferred-nation status with the United States, 8 years in a row.”


While many missions fight many evils with help programs, countless banks and business men support evil in the same areas through their financial interest, business as usual, like presently in Red China, Vietnam, whole Moslem countries, etc. How can a Christian in good conscience work and draw a salary  in the oil industry in Moslem countries where his fellow Christians are maimed, even killed for their faith? How can Christians while claiming to help persecuted believers in China, encourage trade with the communist Chinese?


The whole reasoning at the top of Christian missions leadership as to aims and means needs be revised. So needs be revised the good intentions of the donors questioning not only the honesty of their churches, accepting for instance evils like homosexuality but even trading with enemy.


Moses entered Egypt, a country from which he fled, to uncompromisingly reach the head, Pharaoh and demand the ultimate goal, the freeing of his people, in an uncompromising way. In contrast, during communism in Romania, too many western religious leaders of many denominations, came to Romania for tourism, entertainment, trying to woo communist leaders with personal business, etc. as described in many of these documents.


Christians in the West are not only unaware of the plight of their brethren in communist and Moslem countries, they are not only “asleep at the wheel,” but worse even, sleeping with the enemy! May this writing wake them up, and fight their most insidious enemy , the devil in all its forms!


I wish I could place this writing as a postscript in the now famous book of my father, Tortured for Christ, the manuscript of which, after coming out of communist Romania, I typed myself 4 times in 1966 on a clunky typewriter, before it appeared in English and then was translated and spread in 85 languages.


“The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he might devour!” (1st Epistle of Apostle Peter 5:8) Please, dear fellow Christians, never underestimate your enemy!