Because he prayed in public for eight men who were tortured, forced to make false confessions and were sentenced to death by South Korea’s military dictatorship, in 1974 George Ogle was deported from the country where he had worked as a missionary for 20 years. Two months later when Dorothy and the four Ogle children left Korea, friends and colleagues commissioned them to “Go tell our story.” After the South Korean people ended the military dictatorship in 1987, the story changed from the struggle for democracy and human rights to a story of the Korean movement for peace and reunifi cation of their divided nation. Compelling and comprehensive, Our Lives in Korea and Korea in Our Lives is not only the Ogles’ personal memoirs of living in South Korea from 1954-1974 and later visiting both the North and South, it is an effort to tell the story of the Korean people as the authors experienced it directly, and as it has come to them by closely following the evolving history through almost 60 years. The book highlights the hope and promise of President Kim DaeJung’s “Sunshine Policy” of constructive engagement with North Korea and is written to give readers around the world a vision for ending the Korean War to bring peace, prosperity and reconciliation to all of the Korean people.
Dr. George E. Ogle is a native of Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Maryville College and Duke Seminary he spent twenty years (1954-1974) as a United Methodist missionary in South Korea. From 1961 to 1971 he was assigned to a ministry among Korea’s industrial workers in the city of Inchon. After completing his PhD in Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin he returned to South Korea to teach at Seoul National University. Because of work with Urban Industrial Mission and because of his stand in support of eight men unjustly accused of being Communists, he was deported by Korea’s military dictatorship in 1974. From 1975 to 1981 he taught at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1981 to 1991 he served as director of the Department of Social and Economic Justice for the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington DC. After retirement he worked as the Director of Illinois Impact for The Illinois Conference of Churches where part of his focus related to justice for farm and poultry workers in the United States. Ogle has written three books about Korea. Liberty to the Captives (John Knox Press 1977) is about his ministry to workers in Korea. South Korea: Dissent within the Economic Miracle (Zed Books, London, 1990) is a history of the Korean labor movement. How Long, O Lord: Stories of Twentieth Century Korea (Xlibris 2002) is historical fictional written from Ogle’s study of Korean history, his twenty years of direct experience with Koreans who were struggling for human rights and democracy, his interviews with a South Korean poet who was long imprisoned in South Korea, and his 1995 and 1996 trips to Russia where he interviewed North Korean refugees. After moving to Colorado in 2002 Ogle wrote two books of historical fiction about the Colorado coal mines in the early twentieth century. The Price of Colorado Coal: A Tale of Ludlow and Columbine (Xlibris 2006) centers on the lives of two boys who begin their lives as miners at the ages of eight and ten. Following the deaths of their fathers in mining accidents they become leaders in the union movement and are entangled in the tragic “massacres” of Ludlow (1914) and Columbine (1927). Cherry Blossom Comrades: A Story of Japanese Immigrants in Colorado Coalfields (Xlibris 2008) focuses on four young Japanese men who meet aboard ship on their way to work in coal mines in southeastern Colorado. Ogle was inspired to write this book after finding ten small tombstones of Japanese men in the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado. This new book, The Mystery of Jacob Engles is a collection of stories written over a period of sixteen years (1990-2006). Though fiction, they reflect a variety of themes, events, experiences that Ogle has known over the years. He also has an unpublished volume of poetry.
I feel that, instead of sidneng physical radios which can undoubtedly be identified by North Korean officials, send information on how to fix their already-approved radios. I'm not knowledgable about the availability of soldering irons or electronic components, but I'm sure that if people outside the DPRK were able to figure out just what modifications were made to N.K.'s radios, it shouldn't be too hard to reverse or re-mod.If they've been sidneng baloons with radios within, they should instead send schematics and instructions on how to mod their radios to receive outside transmissions. This way the knowledge of happenings in the outside world doesn't disappear with a physical object.