汉斯·希伯

Hans Shippe (18971941)

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Hans Shippe was a Jewish writer, jour­nal­ist and mil­i­tary fig­ure who came to China in 1925. Born in Krakow in the for­mer Aus­troHun­gar­ian Em­pire (now Poland), Shippe joined the Com­mu­nist Party of Ger­many af­ter grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity, and later went to the Soviet Union to work as a jour­nal­ist. When the Nazis came to power in Ger­many, Shippe and his wife de­cided to set­tle down in China, and they in­ter­min­gled with other for­eign­ers who were in­ter­ested in study­ing Marx­ism, pol­i­tics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. When the Sec­ond Si­noJa­panese War broke out, Shippe worked as a jour­nal­ist to gather in­for­ma­tion and write re­ports on the sit­u­a­tion in China. In 1938 he trav­elled to Yan'an and was able to in­ter­view Chair­man Mao Ze­dong. In 1939 he de­cided to leave Shang­hai, and join the Chi­nese Army at Ya'an. Shippe was the first Jewish vol­un­teer to fall in bat­tle dur­ing the war against Ja­pan. While fight­ing along­side the Chi­nese on the Yi­meng Moun­tain, he died on the bat­tle­field in 1941. A mon­u­ment was erected in Shan­dong Prov­ince by the Chi­nese army and civil­ians in mem­ory of Shippe.

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