OBITUARY: by Bill MuehlenbergNews Weekly
Fred Schwarz, Cold Warrior, friend of Ronald Reagan
, February 21, 2009
Bill Muehlenberg salutes the memory of a courageous Australian doctor who, over many years, sought to educate the public about the dangers of Communism.Dr Frederick Charles Schwarz
(Born: January 15, 1913. Died: January 24, 2009)
Jesus once said that a prophet is without honour in his own country. One of the greatest Australian prophets of the past century has just passed away, and nothing that I am aware of about his passing can be found in the Australian mainstream media.
|Dr Fred Schwarz|
While Australia has many heroes - especially sporting figures and movie stars - perhaps the greatest hero to arise from Australia in recent times has been totally overlooked by our secular, leftist media. I refer to Dr Fred Schwarz, who died in late January at age 96.
Schwarz was a well-respected medical doctor originally from Brisbane. He left a successful medical practice in Sydney, although still with a young family to support, and devoted his whole attention to warning people about the dangers of atheistic Communism.
Born in Brisbane in 1913, he was the fourth of 11 children of Paul Schwarz, an Austrian Jew who converted to Christianity. Fred himself became a Christian in 1934. In the mid-1940s, he began his medical practice and combined it with active Christian work. During this period, he also became aware of the threat of Communism. He soon was reading everything he could find on the topic, especially the source materials.
Each night he devoured the works of the founders of Communism. Thus his wife Lillian would quip that she often found four men in her bed: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Fred. He soon was debating leading Australian Communists.
He became aware that most Christians were clueless as to the menace of totalitarian Marxism, and he dedicated his life to educating the public, and the church, about these dangers.
He was invited to speak in America in 1950. He was urged to form an organisation dedicated to instructing people about the Communist threat, and how it is the polar opposite of Christianity.
In 1953 he established the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade (CACC). He closed his Sydney medical practice in 1955 and devoted the rest of his life to this project, moving to America to fully engage in the work. In 1960, his best-selling book was published, You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists)
I picked up a secondhand copy of this book in Madison, Wisconsin, in the mid-'80s. Schwarz said in his book, "In the battle against Communism, there is no substitute for accurate, specific knowledge. Ignorance is evil and paralytic."
His book and ministry were profoundly influential. They influenced a generation of Americans who would do battle against the Communist foe. These include such luminaries as Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Jack Kemp, James Jobson and James Kennedy.
Schwarz took on Communists in debate, and poured out countless speeches, talks, articles, booklets and books on the topic. His life was energetic, passionate, and committed to standing up for biblical Christianity, and warning against the Marxist evils.
When asked which was more dangerous, the external or internal threat of Communism, Fred would reply, "If you were on a ship that was sinking, which would be the greatest danger, the water outside or the water inside? I was illustrating that the external and internal forces were manifestations of the same danger."
The dangers were all too real. In one of his first pamphlets, Schwarz argued that Communism is a disease: "Communism has already killed many millions of people and proposes to kill many millions more. Therefore, by definition, it is a disease.
"It is a threefold disease. It is a disease of the body, because it kills; it is a disease of the mind, because it is associated with systemised delusions not susceptible to rational argument; and it is a disease of the spirit, because it denies God, materialises man, robs him of spirit and soul, and, in the last analysis, even of the mind itself, and reduces him to the level of a beast of the field."
Even though Marxism was atheistic, Schwarz could clearly see that it was a religion, albeit a false religion, and the main contender against Christianity. He noted that many ex-Communists have spoken of the religious nature of Communism.
When people charged Schwarz with bias, he confessed: "I plead guilty. We are biased in favour of truth, freedom, and life; we are against deceit, slavery, and unnecessary death. We believe that Communism leads to classicide through the liquidation of the bourgeoisie, that it leads to the justification and practice of mass murder."
But, critics will complain, what about the good of Communism? "In rebuttal I explained that a pathologist is a specialist in the characteristics of a disease, not health, and that a mixture of good and evil is often more deadly than an undiluted evil."
The complete and incredible story of this modern prophet is told in his autobiography, Beating the Unbeatable Foe
(Regnery, 1996). This 600-page story is an inspiring read, and demonstrates the dedication, zeal and perseverance of this one amazing individual.
It tells of the waves of opposition, not just from the Communists and the Soviet Union, but from leftists, their liberal allies and "useful idiots," to use Lenin's phrase. The lies, deceit, slander, and malicious attacks on Dr Schwarz were relentless and are mind-boggling to read about. Yet, despite all this incessant opposition and attack, he remained steadfast to his calling.
The book also speaks about how the Christian churches were especially targeted by the Communists. Internal subversion was an important tactic of the Communists. And many churchmen of course were completely taken in by the Communist propaganda.Similar battle today
One notable thing that struck me as I read this book was that a very similar battle is being waged today, and there is a similar need for accurate information to withstand a vicious enemy. I refer to militant Islam, and the war it is waging against the free West. The parallels between its internal and external attacks are very close to what was observed in the Communist offensive.
In the same way, today, many Christians are completely ignorant of the threat to the Christian church, or are being duped by various "peace" initiatives and interfaith endeavours. In the same way that many believers were hoodwinked by the Communists last century, many believers today are being deceived by the Islamists and their interfaith supporters.
Dr Schwarz eventually returned to Sydney where he died and has now gone on to receive his eternal reward. This man was a modern-day saint, a genuine prophet, and a tireless worker for Christ and his Kingdom. He achieved more in his lifetime than most people ever will.
Yet, incredibly, I still cannot find any news of his death, or any obituaries or eulogies about this remarkable man. He was certainly a prophet without honour in his own land.
But his life and work deserve to be widely heralded. And if no one else will, I most certainly will.
God bless you richly, Fred Schwarz.- Bill Muehlenberg is a commentator on contemporary issues, and lectures in ethics and philosophy.
His website CultureWatch
is at: www.billmuehlenberg.com