【5/12/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

(Author: Xinyi Ma)

何凤山 (Feng Shan Ho) (1901-1997) was a Chinese diplomat for the Republic of China. He was one of the first diplomats to save Jews by issuing them visas to escape the Holocaust. He was responsible for saving thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and 1939, yet he was completely unknown, even by the people whom he saved.

Dr. Feng Shan Ho was born in Yiyang, Hunan Province, China. A diligent and hard-working student, he attended the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1929 and received his doctorate in political economics in 1932. In 1935, Ho started his diplomatic career within the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of China.

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His actions in Vienna were finally recognized, posthumously, when he was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli organization Yad Vashem at a ceremony in 2001 and honored by Boys Town Jerusalem in 2004.

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By Xinyi Ma

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