Fam­i­lies of for­mer US pres­i­dents will fete win over Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The gov­ern­ment has in­vited de­scen­dants of for­mer United States Pres­i­dents Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, Harry Tru­man and Dwight Eisen­hower to join the com­mem­o­ra­tions of the 70th an­niver­sary of the R. O. C.’ s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) an­nounced yesterday.

The grand­son of Roo­sevelt, David Roo­sevelt; grand­son of Tru­man, Clifton Tru­man Daniel; and grand­daugh­ter of Eisen­hower, Mary Jean Eisen­hower, are among the in­vited guests that will be vis­it­ing Tai­wan soon to par­tic­i­pate in com­mem­o­rat­ing the R. O. C.’ s ef­forts in coun­ter­ing the Ja­panese in­va­sion from 1937 to 1945, MOFA spokes­woman Eleanor Wang ( ) said yesterday.

Oth­ers in­vited to the cel­e­bra­tions in­clude fam­ily mem­bers of late Gen. Al­bert Coady Wede­meyer, a for­mer U. S. Army com­man­der who served in Asia dur­ing World War II; fam­ily mem­bers of David Lee “Tex” Hill, a Fly­ing Tigers AVG P-40 pi­lot, among oth­ers, Wang noted.

The guests are in­di­vid­u­ally sched­uled to come to Tai­wan start­ing from later this month to early Oc­to­ber to par­tic­i­pant in the com­mem­o­ra­tive events, she said.

The Cab­i­net an­nounced ear­lier this year that it will hold a to­tal of 16 ac­tiv­i­ties na­tion­wide from July 7 to Oct. 25. These ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude book launches, film screen­ings, his­tor­i­cal archive ex­hi­bi­tions and in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nars to fo­cus at­ten­tion on the ef­forts of the R. O. C. in the vic­tory of the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, ac­cord­ing to the cab­i­net.

Wang said yesterday that the gov­ern­ment will also honor peo­ple who helped in­no­cent peo­ple dur­ing WWII, in­clud­ing Chi­nese and Jews, as part of the up­com­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

Honor In­no­cent Sav­iors

Tai­wan will honor Ger­man busi­ness­man John Rabe, mis­sion­ary Min­nie Vautrin, and R.O.C. diplo­mat Ho Feng-shan ( ) in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts to save the lives of many in­no­cent peo­ple dur­ing the great war, Wang said.

Thomas Rabe, the grand­son of John Rabe, a Ger­man busi­ness­man known for sav­ing thou­sands of civil­ians dur­ing the 1937 Nank­ing Mas­sacre, and Cindy Vautrin, a grand­niece of Amer­i­can mis­sion­ary Min­nie Vautrin, will visit Tai­wan to re­ceive com­men­da­tions from Pres­i­dent Ma Ying­jeou on their an­ces­tors’ be­half.

Rabe and Vautrin had saved the lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of civil­ians dur­ing the 1937 Nan­jing Mas­sacre.

Ho is known as the “Chi­nese Oskar Schindler,” the Ger­man busi­ness­man who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews dur­ing the Holo­caust.

Dur­ing his post in Vi­enna, Aus­tria as R.O.C. con­sul-gen­eral be­tween 1938 and 1940, Ho is­sued visas to more than 2,000 Jews in Aus­tria, when that coun­try was oc­cu­pied by Nazi Ger­many, en­abling them to flee. His daugh­ter, Ho Manli, (

) will visit Taipei to re­ceive the com­men­da­tion on his be­half, Wang said.

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