The death took place at Bad Nauheim• of Pastor Oscar Schabcrt, writes our Russian correspondent. The late pastor devoted himself to the assistance of the victims of bolshevik persecution, and especially that of clergy in soviet prisons and camps.
Pastor Schabert was a Lutheran from Riga. During the bolshevik invasion in 1919 he not only witnessed the abominations perpetrated by the Red army and Che-Ka men upon the clergy of all denominations, but was arrested himself and escaped the fate of his brethren as it were by miracle. Ever since he laboured untiringly on behalf of persecuted Christians in Russia. He made no denominational differences, believing that all Christians by their martyrdom equally help to save Christianity in a land of militant atheism. Dr. Schabert lectured in many countries of Europe, preached far and wide, and published a small periodical with first-hand information upon Russia, but his principal task was always the relief of sufferers in soviet prisons: here he was in contact with other relief organisations, including the Catholic organisations in this country.
Mrs. HANNAH DONOVAN, Streatham's oldest parishioner, aged 68, of Norbury, who was killed in a motor accident last week, was a convert fifty years ago, when the church of the English Martyrs was built and had attended that church from that time. Fr. R. Glennie offered requiem Mass and Fr. P. Mason conducted the committal service.