Most of the Trappist monks forced on the Death March had already died along the way, tortured by their captors, Communist soldiers.
Father Theodorus Yuan (b. 1916) was one of the last to die, but he died from tuberculosis in April 1947, alone, in a dark cell, a prisoner till death.
At the end, when ordered to walk, he resembled a living corpse without a grave.
Father Theodorus was not the first martyr in his family. The first had been butchered in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. He had been born in Chih Fang Kou, Chahar province, about 12 miles from Yang Kia Ping. He had a photographic memory and could recite complete passages from a book after reading it only once.
At the Trappist abbey, Father Theodorus had been the very first oblate in the very first class, when, at the age of 11, he entered Pei Kou school on August 13, 1929.
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