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Son of Jewish man saved by ROC diplomat during WWII to visit Taiwan

Son of Jewish man saved by ROC diplomat during WWII to visit Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) An Israeli scientist whose father was saved by late Republic of China diplomat Ho Feng-shan (???) during World War II is scheduled to visit Taiwan soon to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Daniel Weihs, a professor at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, a public research university in the Israeli city of Haifa -- will come to Taiwan next week, the Israel's representative office in Taiwan said Friday. His father was one of the many Jews saved by Ho, who was posted to Vienna, Austria as consul-general by the ROC between 1938 and 1940. During that period, Ho issued visas to more than 2,000 Jews in Austria, when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany, enabling them to flee the country. He earned the moniker of the "Chinese version of Oskar Schindler," the German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews during the Holocaust. After obtaining a visa to China, Weihs' father went there to escape the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany during WWII. During his visit, Weihs will attend a ceremony in Taipei, in which Ho Manli (???) will come to receive a commendation from President Ma Ying-jeou (???) on behalf of her father Ho Feng-shan, the office said. In addition to Weihs, the Taiwan government invited a representative from Israel's Yad Vashem to join Taiwan's commemoration of the war, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Friday. Irena Steinfeldt, director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, will also attend the ceremony in recognition of Ho's heroic deeds. The ceremony to honor Ho Feng-shan is part of a series of events in Taiwan to mark the anniversary of the ROC's victory in the war of resistance against Japan, a part of WWII, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated by the Allied Powers in 1945. The commemorative events have been taking place in Taiwan because it is known formally as the Republic of China. That was the name used for all of mainland China from 1912 to 1949, but the ROC's seat of government moved to Taipei after the Nationalist government was defeated by the communists in the Chinese civil war and retreated to Taiwan. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:44 GMT+08:00