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Danish guardian angel during Nanjing Massacre remembered in homeland
2011/02/23

AARHUS, Denmark, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Bernhard Arp Sindberg, a Dane who helped save thousands of Chinese lives during the Nanjing Massacres of 1937-38, was honored and commemorated on Feb. 19 in his hometown Aarhus, Denmark.

Xie Hangsheng (5th R), Chinese ambassador to Denmark, vice mayor of Aarhus Rabih Azad-Ahmad (4th R), family members of Bernhard Arp Sindberg and representatives from Qixia District of Nanjing, China, pose for photos during an event marking the 100th birthday of Bernhard Arp Sindberg in Aarhus City Hall, Denmark, on Feb. 19, 2011. Bernhard Arp Sindberg, a Dane who helped save thousands of Chinese lives during the Nanjing Massacres of 1937-38, was honored and commemorated on Saturday in his hometown Aarhus, Denmark. (Xinhua/Devapriyo Das)

Sindberg was honored at an event marking his 100th birthday in Aarhus City Hall. Some 100 guests, including Sindberg's 80 year-old sister, Bitten Stenvig Andersen, his niece, Marianne Stenvig Andersen, and other family members, attended the event.

The remembrance ceremony, organized in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Denmark and Aarhus City Council, was also attended by officials from the Chinese Embassy in Denmark, Aarhus City Council and Qixia District of Nanjing, as well as representatives of Chinese and Danish media.

Xie Hangsheng (1st L), Chinese ambassador to Denmark, presents Bernhard Arp Sindberg's 80 year-old sister Bitten Stenvig Andersen (R front) and his niece Marianne Stenvig Andersen (3rd L) with a scroll which bears Chinese calligraphy reading: "A friend of China" during an event marking the 100th birthday of Bernhard Arp Sindberg in Aarhus City Hall, Denmark, on Feb. 19, 2011. Bernhard Arp Sindberg, a Dane who helped save thousands of Chinese lives during the Nanjing Massacres of 1937-38, was honored and commemorated on Saturday in his hometown Aarhus, Denmark. (Xinhua/Devapriyo Das)

"We remember Mr. Sindberg for his heroic acts during the horrendous Nanjing Massacre, when up to 300,000 Chinese were murdered by Japanese occupation forces," said Rabih Azad-Ahmad, vice mayor of Aarhus, at the ceremony.

"As a Dane and a member of the City Council, I am very proud to know that a fellow Dane from Aarhus found the courage to stand up against the Japanese occupation forces, and by doing so, saved the lives of thousands of Chinese," Azad-Ahmad said.

"And I am grateful that Sindberg proved that even in the most difficult times, there is always the little glimpse of hope."

The vice mayor also warned against forgetting historical crimes, saying that they should be remembered and similar crimes should be prevented from happening again.

Bernhard Arp Sindberg stood in French Concession in Shanghai, beside whom were the machine gun bullet holes strafed by Japanese troops. (Provided by Bitten Stenvig Andersen and Marianne Stenvig Andersen)

 

Bernhard Arp Sindberg stood in a refuge outside Nanjing,.(Provided by Edith Körner Günthr)

Bernhard Arp Sindberg's relatives visited Nanjing in April, 2006.(By Dai Yuanzhi)

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