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by Patrick Redlich
Patrick Redlich 2012
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|My Brother Vivian
...and the Christian Martyrs of Papua New Guinea
This book is a biography of Vivian Redlich who was a prewar missionary at Isivita mission in New Guinea. This book is meticulously researched and written by his brother Patrick Redlich. My Brother Vivian is a tragic but important story of missionary activity in New Guinea and the Japanese invasion of New Guinea.
Vivian was born in the United Kingdom, the son of an Anglican Reverend. Prewar, he worked at the Sangara Mission and Isivita mission.
On July 27, 1942 he managed to write a short and touching letter home to his father that was later delivered. It ended with "Im trying to stick whatever happens. If I don't come out of it just rest content that I've tried to do my job faithfully." The original letter is stored in the archives of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
One chapter details the life of May Hayman, who Vivian proposed to and was to be married. She was an Australian who was trained as a nurse and then became a missionary in Papua. Tragically, both woman were executed by the Japanese.
Although the stories of other Anglican missionaries on the North Coast of New Guinea are relatively well documented in other sources including Prisoners Base and Home Again by Reverend James Benson, the story of the Isuvita mission is largely unknown.
The book has several important appendices including a list of memorials to the Anglican martyrs including Redlich and the Treatment of the Inhabitants and the Murders of Four White Female Missionaries and Others".
Review by Justin Taylan
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