"Gleb Rar's Memoirs about
Orthodox parish in Taiwan. The evacuation of 1949 sent
some Russians on the island.
In 1957 in Frankfurt, The Russian anticommunist organization (NTS) reached an
agreement with the Chinese group of anticommunist people's league of Asia
(APACL) for the use of powerful short-wave transmitters which have been
established in Taiwan for the
purposes of the radio programs in Russian in Siberia. NTS was also in political contact with the member
of The Central Committee of Kuomintang,
Pu Tao Min, and the employee of the Ministry of
information of Taiwan, Chiu Sin Min.
In Taiwan, Roman Nikolaevich and Lyudmila Glebovna
Redlih who were among the first to arrive there,
besides the radio programs, they tried to gather a local Russian colony around
They first invited Archbishop Iriney (Bekish) from Tokyo (probably
in 1957), and he celebrated a service in their house on North Chien Kuo Road Lane 132, № 18 in
In 1958, the Redlihovs were replaced by Gleb Aleksandrovich and Sofia
Vasilevna Rar. With a little
help from Tomara Liu, Russian lady from Xinjiang (a
dressmaker), they arranged an iconostasis in the living room of the same house
for the archbishop's arrival.
Icons printed on a paper have been brought from Europe, and were pasted on
boards in Taiwan.
During this period Archbishop Iriney came
to Taipei and
served twice in the house-church devoted to John the Baptist. Also, for the Lady day of 1959, there he christened
Alexander Rar. And he also flied to the central part
of the island in the city of Taichung where in a modest hotel he christened
nine persons. For Christmas of 1960, with Archbishop's Iriney blessing, Nikolay Kirilyuk, an American military priest flew in Taiwan.
He has already been on the island and has been celebrating divine services
there. All these services gathered a little more than 50 persons. After moving
to Japan, the Rors were replaced by the couple A.A. and E.R. Peruan. After them the Orthodox divine services decayed and
the parish ceased to exist.
Both in Taipei and in other cities we now have few
descendants of some Russian women from Xinjiang. However, we've lost any
communication with them.
P.S.: During the Korean war, a senior Orthodox chaplain of the American army
was Bishop John (Shahovskoy).
G.K. Elsner told us the following about him:
In the extreme south of Taiwan lived a lonely Russian
emigrant married to Japanese. As an owner of a cinema he was maintaining a
connection with G.K. Elsner and grieving that his
impending death would leave him without a church parting word. When G.K. Elsner was told that he died, he gathered some Russians
in the café Astoria to talk over what's left to be done. At
the very moment, the door opens and a man in an Orthodox monastic attire enters
the café. He introduces himself and says that on his way to America from Korea has suddenly found himself in Taipei. He was told that
the Russians were gathering in the café Astoria and that he can celebrate a divine or
some other church services for them. So the lonely Russian in the south of
Taiwan wasn't left without his burial