I am going to say - for the last time - that this topic serves no valid purpose of discussion, dialogue, or education.
There is no basis for disagreement with the fact that there were those among the Orthodox who collaborated with the Russian Communist regime. Likewise, there is no basis to believe that there were not those among the Catholic populace who did so as well. Perhaps this is as good a place and time as any to point out that neither baptism, chrismation, nor calling oneself Catholic or Orthodox makes one a faithful and observant member of whichever Church and one can certainly doubt, nay even deny, that those who elected to do so are entitled to be held up as true members of their Churches.
While focusing on Russia affords an easy opportunity to suggest that some such collaborators might have been Orthodox in name, by virtue of familial heritage, we can look elsewhere and see equally appalling instances of those who were Catholic in name, by virtue of familial heritage or, more appallingly, by virtue of having received orders, doing similarly horrific things to Orthodox Christians.
Croatia and the instance of the fascist Ustase, led in some instances by ordained Catholic priests - most notably Miroslav Filipović, hanged in his Franciscan robes, for war crimes, certainly comes to mind. Ask any Serbian Orthodox.
But, back to Russia in particular. Since you've elected to use Wikipedia as a historical source - an odd choice for one who declares himself a historian at heart - "During the first five years of Soviet power, the Bolsheviks executed 28 Russian Orthodox bishops and over 1,200 Russian Orthodox priests." Read more at Persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union
The bottom line ... it is no exaggeration to suggest that, under the Communist regimes in Russia and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of persons of religious faith and conviction, clergy and laity, of all faiths, were martyred in odium fidei
, or tortured, or imprisoned, or sent to 'psychiatric hospitals'.
May their memories be eternal!
You might profit from meditating on the spiritual wisdom of a few distinguished clergy ...
... there is no use repenting for other people's sins. Let us repent of our own..... We are admonished in Scripture to judge men by their fruits, not by their roots; and their fruits are their character, their deeds and accomplishments.
Man is sinful. Life is sad. There is something beyond.
Let us be clear about what forgiveness is not. It is not condoning an inappropriate action or atrocious crime committed by ourselves or another. It acknowledges misdeeds and injustice, but overrides vengeance and retribution with beneficence; that is to say, that we want what is for the good and welfare of the malefactor. This is beautifully illustrated by the life of Orthodox priest, prisoner, and spiritual father Hieromonk Arseny, who was imprisoned in a horrific Soviet gulag from 1933 to 1958. A life ... he describes as consisting of unrelenting "exhausting labor, chronic hunger, fights, beatings, the cold... and [making] you think only of your unavoidable death." Fr. Arseny's message to all, guards and criminal prisoners alike: "Remember and have no doubt! ... [God] in His limitless mercy [can] absolve us from our sins. There is no heavy sin or curse that cannot be redeemed by deeds and prayer." In the depths of physical, psychological and spiritual misery, Fr. Arseny modeled Christ's love by his forgiveness of the brutal guards in the camps: "Only by goodness can you win over evil."
In closing - both this post and this thread - I note the long-standing policy and practice, not at all unique to this forum, but observed in every forum with which I'm familiar, that members are expected to refrain from re-creating a thread on a topic that has been recently and clearly interdicted on the basis that it served no useful or valid purpose and is disruptive to the forum. It is less than 24 hours since I locked a nearly identical thread, also initiated by you.
Take note. That the matters of which you are posting are an obstacle to reunion is most damningly true in the approach that you have elected to take - find blame and fix it.
The time is long past when the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, should be viewing the prospects for eventual reunion through a historical eyepiece besmirched with the blood of their respective martyrs. They cannot and must not be forgotten, but we cannot use them as our excuse to not end a disunity that cannot be pleasing to God.
Neither remind me that history forgotten is history apt to be repeated nor try to convince me or anyone here that you've taken a new viewpoint - looking for the equivalent of 'Righteous Orthodox', rather than death-dealing collaborators. Neither stance will wash and any further re-visitation of the subject will have repercussions.
This thread and this topic are closed!