Richard Wurmbrand, also known as Nicolai Ionescu (March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001) was a Romanian Christian minister of Jewish descent.
In 1948, having become a Christian 10 years before, he publicly said Communism and Christianity were not compatible.
As a result, he experienced imprisonment and torture by the then Communist regime of Romania, for his beliefs.
After serving a total of fourteen years, he was ransomed for $10,000.
His colleagues in Romania urged him to leave the country and work for religious freedom from a location less personally dangerous.
After spending time in Norway and England, he and his wife Sabina, who had also been imprisoned, emigrated to America and dedicated the rest of their lives to publicizing and helping Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs.
He wrote more than 18 books, the most widely known being Tortured for Christ.
Variations of his works have been translated into more than 65 languages.
He founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to aid Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.