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Relatives of WWII heroes to attend Taiwan's commemoration events

Relatives of WWII heroes to attend Taiwan's commemoration events

Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Relatives of several legendary figures whose heroic actions helped save lives or contributed to ending the Second World War have accepted an invitation by the Republic of China government to attend a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied forces' victory in WWII. At a recent meeting of the ROC Society for Strategic Studies, President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said the commemorative events will be held from July to October in Taiwan to help people gain deeper knowledge of the most challenging national struggle in contemporary history. During the war in the 1930s and 1940s, more than 3 million ROC soldiers lost their lives and 204 ROC generals died in battle, Ma said. As the Chinese Nationalist government battled against Japanese aggression in the war, many Chinese citizens and foreign residents in the occupied zones showed great courage in helping to save lives. One such foreign national was German businessman John Heinrich Detlev Rabe (1882-1950), who hid and protected many Chinese civilians in the Siemens facilities during the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. His grandson, Thomas Rabe, has accepted an invitation by the ROC government to attend some of the commemorative events in Taipei in August. Relatives of former U. S. General Jimmy Doolittle (1896-1993), commander of the 1942 Tokyo Raid, will also attend the WWII anniversary activities in Taiwan. The air raid, which was the first to strike the Japanese islands after the U.S. began its Pacific campaign, was considered as a major boost to the morale of the Allied forces. The ROC government has also issued an invitation to Manli Ho, the daughter of Ho Feng-shan (???, 1901-1997) who served in the late 1930s as the ROC consul-general in Vienna. The diplomat risked his life and career to save nearly 2,000 Jews by issuing them visas to escape the Holocaust. (By Kelvin Huang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-21 04:42 GMT+08:00