Yes, Augustin717, I am from Western Ukraine and there was a lot of persecution going on there. Thank you for bringing it up. I appreciate that you are aware about it.
Aserb, trust me, I am not judging people here. Because I am just comparing with extreme conditions. Some people in our days may be baptized in Orthodox church and never ever attend an Orthodox service at all in their lives. I mean, at all, and I am comparing with this extreme condition only. Instead, some catechumens already learned a lot about the faith during a hard and dedicated work in months of preparation to their conversion. Still, they are not baptized / chrismated yet. Their dedication can be seen, and by this it can be said that their hearts can be seen. Our ancestors in Romania, Serbia, Greece, modern territory of Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, etc. were not nominal. As you said, Augustin717, they were stubborn in their faith, loved it and stayed in it even being exposed to life threatening dangers. So God could see their hearts as well. Of course, I am not considering all cradle Orthodox nominal. No way!
I apologize to those, who may consider that my previous post sounded controversial. I think I was not clear enough, but it was absolutely not my intent. The idea of my message was that at least some people, who are in process of preparation for conversion, can be ready even after 2-3 months. I agree that some other persons may want a longer process themselves. Some other conditions may apply.