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Holocaust Hero

ADL honors Chinese diplomat who helped thousands of Austrian Jews escape.

Ynet News

T

he Anti-Defamation League has
posthumously honored Dr. Feng
Shan Ho, a Chinese diplomat who
issued thousands of visas to Jewish refu-
gees during World War II.
The ADL Jan Karski Courage to Care
Award, established in 1987 to honor res-
cuers of Jews during the Holocaust era,
was presented posthumously to Dr. Ho on
Nov. 15 at the league's annual meeting in
Chicago where more than 500 gathered.
The award was accepted by his daughter,
Manli Ho, who conducted research and
documentation for 15 years on her father's
story.
"Ho was among the first of a small
number of diplomatic rescuers who took
extraordinary measures and personal risk
to do the right thing:' said Abraham H.
Foxman, ADL national director. "During
one of the darkest times in world history,
this man stood up against a powerful
evil, jeopardizing his own career, without

recognition or compensa-
demerit for his dis-
tion.
obedience. The Nazis
"Led by his moral com-
also confiscated the
pass, Dr. Ho saved thou-
consulate building on
sands of mothers, fathers
the pretext that it was
and children, grandpar-
"Jewish-owned."
ents, aunts and uncles.
Chinese nationalists
His extraordinary actions
in Taiwan launched
were not known until
a political offensive
after his death, thanks to
to discredit Dr. Ho
research by his daughter,
and he was eventually
Manli Ho."
impeached and denied
Dr. Ho served as the
a pension for his 40
Chinese Consul General
years of diplomatic ser-
in Vienna from 1938-
vice. Despite repeated
1940. Despite being
appeals by his family,
ordered to desist by his
his
name has still not
Dr. Feng Shan Ho
supervisors, he remained
been cleared by Taiwan
steadfast in his principles and continued
authorities.
his extraordinary humanitarian efforts by
In July 2000, the State of Israel bestowed
facilitating the safe departure of thousands
the title of Righteous Among the Nations
of Jews in 1938 and 1939 by issuing visas
"for his humanitarian courage" in the res-
to the Chinese port city of Shanghai.
cue of Austria's Jews.
After a year of issuing visas, the Chinese
"He stood by his convictions and
government punished Dr. Ho with a
refused to renounce his principles for

the sake of political expediency or even
personal safety, and he bore the conse-
quences without complaint:' Manli Ho
said in accepting the award on behalf of
her father.
"Among his most valuable traits was
his capacity for love and for compassion,
but my father believed that these gifts
were not bestowed upon him solely for his
personal benefit, but for that of his fellow
man
The ADL Courage to Care Award was
renamed in 2011 in honor of one of its
first recipients, Jan Karski, a Polish diplo-
mat and righteous gentile who provided
the West with one of the first eyewitness
accounts of Hitler's Final Solution.
The ADL Jan Karski Courage to Care
Award is a plaque with bas-reliefs that was
designed by noted sculptor Arbit Blatas
and depicts the horrifying context — the
Nazis' persecution, deportation and mur-
der of millions of Jews — that served as
a backdrop for the rescuers' exceptional
deeds.



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