Dr. Feng Shan Ho

Consul General of China in Vienna, 1938-39

Feng Shan Ho issued innumerable visas to Jews escaping the Nazi occupation of Austria after the Anschluss of 1938. This allowed Jewish refugees to escape from Austria to the United States, Canada, South America, Palestine and Shanghai, China. Many Jews were released from concentration camps on the strength of the Chinese visas. Ho issued these visas without the authorization or permission of either the Chinese government or the Chinese ambassador in Berlin. On a number of occasions, he was asked not to issue the visas, and even received a reprimand from the ambassador. Consul General Ho died in San Francisco in September 1997 at the age of 96. He was named Righteous Among the Nations