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Ruth F. Weiss (1908-2006)

That's China - - Er Wai Prologue 二外序曲 -

AJewish Aus­trian-Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tor, jour­nal­ist, and lec­turer, Ruth Weiss was the last sur­viv­ing Euro­pean eye­wit­ness of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Rev­o­lu­tion and the be­gin­nings of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China. Born in Vi­enna, she grad­u­ated in Ger­man and English Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Vi­enna. In 1933 she trav­elled to Shang­hai, a city that be­fore World War II at­tracted many Euro­pean émi­grés in­clud­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies from the Span­ish Civil War, Jews and other refugees es­cap­ing the Nazis, and started as a free­lance jour­nal­ist. She de­cided to stay, as did many oth­ers, and be­came fas­ci­nated by the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal goals of the un­fold­ing Chi­nese Rev­o­lu­tion. Later she be­came a teacher at the Jewish School in Shang­hai and at the West China Union Univer­sity. Af­ter work­ing briefly as a sec­re­tary at the Cana­dian em­bassy in 1944, she be­came a cor­re­spon­dent at the United Na­tions Pic­ture News Of­fice in 1945 and joined the China Wel­fare Fund. One year later she took up a post at the Ra­dio Di­vi­sion of the United Na­tions Or­ga­ni­za­tion in New York. Af­ter she re­turned to China she be­came a lec­turer for the Pub­lish­ing House for For­eign Lit­er­a­ture in Bei­jing from 1952 to 1965. In 1965 she worked as a jour­nal­ist for "China im Bild".

Ruth Weiss was one of about one hun­dred for­eign­born res­i­dents to re­ceive Chi­nese cit­i­zen­ship in 1955. She died in Bei­jing, aged 97, with her ashes rest­ing in peace at the Soong Ching-ling Ceme­tery in Shang­hai.

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