CONSCIENCE & COURAGE: Frances Perkins and Feng Shan Ho – Little Known Heroes Who Saved Lives

Apr 25, 2021 3:00PM—4:30PM

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The Frances Perkins Center Immigration/Refugee Policy Public Forum presents

CONSCIENCE AND COURAGE: Frances Perkins and Feng Shan Ho

Little Known Heroes Who Saved Lives

Sunday, April 25th | 3:00-4:30 PM

This 90-minute webinar centers on two speakers:

Bat-Ami Zucker, brings extensive scholarly research to her presentation about Frances Perkins’ courageous—and yet little known—advocacy, against strong opposition, for permitting entry to the U.S. of Jewish immigrants escaping the Holocaust in Europe. Bat-Ami Zucker is a Senior Lecturer Emerita at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Her books include United States Aid to Israel and Its Reflection in the New York Times and the Washington Post 1948-1973 (published in 1991) and In Search of Refuge: Jews and Untied States Consuls in Nazi Germany 1933-1941 (published in 2000). She estimates that 20 –30,000 Jewish aliens who entered the U.S. between 1933 and 1940 on visitor permits eventually acquired citizenship, thanks to Perkins’ actions allowing such visitors to stay, despite strong State Department policies opposing this.


Manli Ho, an investigative journalist who has spent 15 years researching and documenting the actions of her father — Ho Feng-Shan—to save Jews during World War II. Ho Feng-Shan (1901 – 1997) was a Chinese diplomat for the Republic of China. When he was consul-general in Vienna during World War II, he risked his life and career to save Jews by issuing them visas, disobeying the instruction of his superiors. [See Ho Feng Shan: The “Chinese Schindler” who saved thousands of Jews.”]  Ho issued the 200th visa in June 1938, signed the 1,906th visa on 27 October 1938, and was recalled to China in May 1940. Ho’s actions were recognized posthumously when the Israeli organization Had Vashem in 2000 awarded him the title “Righteous Among the Nations.”


Following the speakers’ pre-recorded remarks, the moderator, Judith Goldstein, Executive Director of Humanity in Action, will lead a live session which will include speakers responding to questions from the audience.



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