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Ambassador Zhan Yongxin Holds a Memorial Ceremony for Jacob Rosenfeld
2015/04/06

During Qingming, or Tomb-Sweeping Day, Ambassador Zhan Yongxin visited the tomb of Jacob Rosenfeld in Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in Tel Aviv, and held a memorial ceremony for him.

Ambassador Zhan paid tribute to Rosenfeld with flowers and read out an elegiac address, in which he reviewed the life of Rosenfeld, praised his contribution in the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression. “Dr. Rosenfeld is a symbol of the Chinese-Jewish friendship, we cherish both him and the relationship.” Ambassador Zhan said. “This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the ending of the World War II and the War of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression. Commemorating Dr. Rosenfeld, a hero who devoted himself into the revolt against Fascism and Militarism, is to keep in mind the historical lessons, to prevent a repeat of past tragedies, and to maintain justice and world peace.”

Jakob Rosenfeld (1903-1952), a Jewish Austrian, graduated with MD from the University of Vienna Medical School. Due to the Nazi persecution, he went into exile in Shanghai in 1939. In 1941, he joined the resistance force against Japanese aggression under the leadership of the Communist Party of China as a field doctor. In 1942, he became a special member of the Communist Party of China. He once served as advisor of the Ministry of Health of the New Fourth Army. He returned to Austria in November 1949, and came to Israel to visit his relatives in 1950. He died of heart failure two years later.

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