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Statue of Austrian doctor unveiled in Shanghai

Reporter: Huang Yue 丨 CCTV.com

09-03-2016 06:41 BJT

A statue of an Austrian doctor who lived in China and worked with the Communist army during World War Two was unveiled today at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

Statue of Austrian doctor unveiled in Shanghai

Statue of Austrian doctor unveiled in Shanghai

Austrian Jew Jacob Rosenfeld moved to Shanghai in 1939 after he was released from a concentration camp in his home country on the condition he leave Austria immediately.

He opened his own practice after arriving here.

Rosenfeld soon become widely known for his professionalism and earned a comfortable living, but he also saw a huge gap between the rich and poor in Shanghai. In 1941, he joined the New Fourth Army which was fighting Japanese invaders under the command of Mao Zedong.

After arrived at the front-line, he began operating on war wounded with only the light from a flashlight and trained dozens of Chinese doctors in modern medicine. Rosenfeld was nicknamed the "Big Nose Doctor" in the New Fourth Army and is still remembered by some elderly in Shandong Province today. Rosenfeld returned to Austria in 1949 and reunited with his sister. He died in 1952 in Israel of a heart attack.

"We can learn what it means to live tolerance, to help people," said Silvia Neureiter, Consul General of Austrian Consulate.

A statue of Ho Fengshan, a Chinese diplomat in Vienna from 1938 to 1940 was also unveiled at the museum this afternoon. Thousands of Jews escaped the holocaust thanks to visas issued by Ho.

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