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Editor Theo Aerts
University of Papua New Guinea Press  1994
Soft cover
276 pages
photos, maps, index
ISBN 9980-84-053-6
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Language: English

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The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea
333 Missionary Lives Lost During WWII

This book begins with a preface by Sir Michael Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

Prior to the war, Papua New Guinea was divided into regions and missionaries operated in them: Catholic and Lutheran in the German New Guinea, and Anglican in Papua.

As the war approached, many missionaries chose not to flee, instead staying with their flocks, or assuming they would be treated as non-combatants if the Japanese occupied. This book tells the tragic stories of the missionaries of Papua New Guinea who sufferer and were killed by the Japanese by execution or neglect as prisoners.

The book is divided into several chapters: Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, Lutheran, Salvation Army, Seven Day Daventists and United Church. Also included is a list of known church personnel killed during the war, also extensive photos of the people and locations profiled.

Although the soft cover book is out of print, an e-book version was published in 2005.

Review by  Justin Taylan

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