Families of former US presidents will fete win over Japan
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.