The Yad Vashem Law authorizes Yad Vashem "to confer honorary citizenship of the State of Israel upon the Righteous Among the Nations, and commemorative citizenship if they have passed away, in recognition of their actions." In accordance with this mandate, on September 28, 2007, Commemorative Citizenship of the State of Israel was posthumously bestowed upon Dr. Feng Shan Ho of Yiyang, China, a diplomat posted in Vienna during World War II responsible for saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
The ceremony, initiated by Dr. Ho’s daughter, Manli Ho, was held in Dr. Ho’s hometown of Yiyang, Hunan Province, China. It was attended by H.E. Mr. Amos Nadai, Israel’s Ambassador to China, and by Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, former Director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem. Also present at the ceremony were Ho’s extended family, the local Chinese leadership, and many survivors rescued thanks to Ho’s efforts.
The ceremony began with the unveiling of Dr. Ho’s gravestone. Proceeding to the Yiyang City Museum, Israel’s Ambassador to China presented Dr. Feng Shan Ho’s family with the certificate of Commemorative Citizenship of the State of Israel. The ceremony was then followed with a tour of an exhibit in the museum dedicated to Dr. Ho’s rescue efforts during the Holocaust. In the afternoon, a symposium was held on Dr. Feng Shan Ho in which Dr. Paldiel participated as the keynote speaker.