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Late Chinese-Belgian Tsien remembered for saving Jews during WWII

Late Chinese-Belgian Tsien remembered for saving Jews during WWII

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) The late Siu-lin Tsien de Perlinghi (? ??), who saved nearly 100 Jews and Belgians from the Nazi death camps during the German occupation of Belgium in the early 1940s, was remembered Friday when President Ma Ying-jeou received her descendants at the Presidential Office in Taipei. As the Republic of China is holding a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, descendants of many wartime heroes and heroines are being invited to Taipei to attend the commemorative events. Among the special guests are Dimitri de Perlinghi, the eldest son of Siu-lin Tsien, and one of her grandsons, Jerome de Perlinghi. Having familiarized himself with the heroic deeds of the late Chinese-Belgian, President Ma said at the meeting that Siu-lin Tsien de Perlinghi used her family connections to arrange the release of dozens of Jews and Belgians arrested by the Germans. It was possible for her to negotiate with the Germans because the head of the Nazi government of Belgium in the early 1940s, Alexander von Falkenhausen, was a close friend of her cousin, Gen. Cho-lung Tsein. Von Falkenhausen was in China from 1934 to 1937, serving as Chiang Kai-shek's military advisor, and helped train the Chinese Army. In remembrance of the brave Chinese-Belgian lady, President Ma said that the heroic stories of rescuing dozens of Jews and Belgians could all be traced back to Tsien's study tour of Europe in the 1910s. Siu-lin Tsien came to Belgium to study in 1913 at the age of 16. After obtaining her PhD in chemistry, she married a Belgian doctor and had five children. The couple had practiced medicine in southern Belgium until the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe. The President stressed that moments of humanity and amiable friendship in times of cruel war are the most precious and memorable. He presented commemorative badges to descendants of Gen. Tsien, in memory of the contribution of their ancestor to the nation. (By L.J. Liu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 16:15 GMT+08:00