Monastic life and mission – a contradiction? History proves the contrary. The monastic movement contributed enormously to the spreading of the Gospel. This volume documents how monks participated with their specific charism in the proclamation of the Word of God.
The return of 42 Missionary Benedictine monks and sisters to Germany who were missing for years in Communist North Korea became a media sensation in 1954. Their stories about the last years of the missionary Abbey of Tokwon, their dealings with Japanese, Russian and North Korean occupation forces and the time of imprisonment in the Communist labor camp of Oksadok provide a fascinating image of Christian courage in times of distress.