Novel about Chinese rescuer of Jews raises questions about facts vs. fiction in Holocaust stories


February 24, 2023

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Ho Feng-Shan poses for a photo taken while he was a Chinese consul in Egypt.

TAIPEI (JTA) - Ho Feng-Shan, the Chinese diplomat stationed in Vienna who helped thousands of Jews escape from Europe during World War II, never met Adolf Eichmann.

But in "Night Angels," a novel based on his life, Feng-Shan comes face to face with Eichmann several times - and his wife Grace's Jewish tutor, Lola, tries to kill the architect of the Holocaust.

That detail is one of many that has spurred Ho Manli, Feng-Shan's daughter, to speak out against "Night Angels," the fourth novel by the Chinese-American author Weina Dai Randel. Manli says the book distorts elements of her father's st...

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