SOUTH VIET NAM: Wanderer's Rest

To the people of Viet Nam, whether Christian or Buddhist, an unburied body is weight on the conscience of living men; its unseated soul wanders endlessly among the living, begging for suitable sepulcher. In the year in which Premier-President Ngo Dinh Diem has presided over the precarious young state of South Viet Nam, there has never been far from his mind the need to set one such wandering soul at rest.

In the general slaughter in central Annam following Emperor Bao Dai's surrender to the Communists back in 1945, Diem's brother Ngo Dinh...

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