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China: Hong Kong, Narrative of World War II exper, 1945, 12/08/1941-8/15/1045

 File — Box: AA1, Folder: 132
Identifier: GAMMS.10.71.2115

Scope and Contents

A narrative of the wartime experiences at Hong Kong from 1941. Bombing, shortages, take over by Japanese, taking in Canossian Sisters and their 15 orphans whose property was destroyed. These Sisters remain in turn-house throughout the war. Japanese take over on Christmas Day; Carmelites probably spared because Canossian Sisters announce they are all from Italy. But they fear for their Belgian Mother and two other Sisters. Carmel became cook-house for the Japanese soldiers who slowly warm to the Sisters. S. Teresita is perpetually professed in February, 1942; S Pauline finally professed, 9/12. Maryknollers, Salesians, Jesuits continue to offer mass for them; and a postulant enters. By 1944, conditions deteriorate. Rationing. Sisters permitted to glean. Severe situation in 1945. Peace returns: 8/11, "We must keep the news secret until the Japanese announce it." They do so on 8/16.


  • 12/08/1941-8/15/1045


From the Record Group: 3.5 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Carmelite Monastery of Baltimore Repository

1318 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore MD 21286 USA