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|Wednesday, October 25, 2000, updated at 08:15(GMT+8)|
Israel Honors Chinese Diplomat for Saving Jews From HolocaustIsrael's Yad Vashem, or Holocaust Memorial, announced Tuesday that it had officially bestowed a honorary title on Mr. Ho Fengshan, a Chinese diplomat, for his aid to Jews during the World War Two.
Ho, who died in 1997, was the Chinese consul-general in Vienna, Austria from 1938 to 1940. He risked his life and career to issue hundreds of visas to Jewish refugees, which enabled them to go to Shanghai, China, to flee Nazis' rule over Austria, Yad Vashem official Mordecai Paldiel said.
Ho received the title of Righteous Among the Nations from Yad Vashem for his brave efforts, the official added.
Since 1963, Yad Vashem had bestowed the title on more than 17,000 non-Jews, who risked their lives, safety or personal freedom to save Jews.
During the World War II, the Nazi regimes deliberately carried out a systematic liquidation of the Jewish community in Europe, in which some 6 million Jews, including 1.5 million children, were slaughtered.
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