Breaking Silence

The Wurmbrand Story & Its Lessons for Today

In 1961, when he was 22 years old, Mihai Wurmbrand stood on a sidewalk in Bucharest, Romania, gazing in a shop window. As he did, he felt someone step up beside him to do the same thing. It was a woman, and she was standing uncomfortably close. He turned his head toward her, but she stopped him.

“Mihai,” she said, “don’t look at me. I have something to tell you. You are the person I most admired in my life for the stand you took when you were a child.”

With that, she turned and walked away. He never saw her again. But he did recognize her face and her voice. In a July 2016 interview with Nasul TV in Detroit, Michigan, Mihai shared the story behind the brief encounter:


is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy (B. S., Aerospace Engineering) and Biola University (M.A., Christian Apologetics). Recently retired, his professional aviation career included 8 years in the U. S. Marine Corps flying the AV-8B Harrier attack jet and nearly 32 years as a commercial airline pilot. Bob blogs about Christianity and the culture at: True Horizon.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #64, Spring 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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