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tapol@skynet.be [weihsien_camp]
Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 11:39
[weihsien_camp] RE: Wei Hsien

Dear Anker Li,

… in the “BOOKS” chapter there is a book by Anwei Jensen:

… are you – by any chance ― connected to this person?
I tried, more than once, to buy the book but never succeeded to do so!

Best regards,

L PR tapol@skynet.be [weihsien_camp]
Cc:Pamela Masters,Ron Bridge
Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 11:20
[weihsien_camp] RE: Wei Hsien

Dear Anker Li,

Thanks for your message …

I forwarded it to the Yahoo-group chat list hoping that maybe somebody will be able to clarify the situation for you.
Forwarded it to Pamela Masters who had connections with KMA.
Forwarded it to Ron Bridge who has compiled complete lists of prisoners – Pacific Theatre WWII. He should be able to help you.

As for the Weihsien Paintings’ website, I searched Ron Bridge’s listings but did not find your father’s name in the Weihsien lists :

Also looked in Greg Leck’s book about the Concentration Camps in China – WWII but did not find the name either:

What I did find on the website are paintings by Peter Travers Smith: (found in three different collections)



(… P.S. I am actually renovating this part of the website. Is is a bit of a mess for the moment !!!)

Hope this helps,
Best regards,
Leopold Pander,

From: Anker Li
Sent: Monday, September 2, 2019 5:56 PM
To: tapol@skynet.be
Subject: Wei Hsien

To whom it may concern.

My father was born in Denmark in 1901 and he died in 1978. At the age of 23 he went to China and worked as an architect for a private firm, Loup and Young, in Tientsin (Tianjin) and from the mid 1930'ies for the English run Kailan Mining Administration in Tongshan.

Alongside working as an architect he was assigned to the Royal Danish Embassy - first as a secretary and later on as viceconsul.

In 1946 he married my Chinese mother.

During my visit to China in 1994 I had the luck and privilege to meet an old lady, who was my mothers closest friend throughout their childhood and until my parents left China i 1948. She told me that my father was interned in a Japanese concentration camp for a period during the Japanese occupation of the North-Eastern regions of China.

My parents had never revealed this incident and so I saw the information as yet another 'myth' from their colorful past.

But lately I was organizing my fathers posthumous papers and found a note in which he mentions the concentration camp 'Wei Hsien' several times. No details written - just the title 'Wei Hsien'.

I have been searching the Danish National Archives to find information about Wei Hsien, but no reports was ever delivered to the Danish Foreign Ministry as the Japanese occupation in China was regarded as being almost out of sight seen from an official Danish viewpoint and therefore irrelevant to Danish interests.

But it is of interest to me as his stay in Wei Hsien may explain otherwise unexplainable aspects of his being.

By chance I now found this website and it is my very sincere hope, that someone among the readers and contributors recognizes my father - or any of his fellow Danes or friends - from the stay in Wei Hsien or in China at that time. Names of interest might be:

Vilhelm Leth-Møller
Erik Nyholm
Johannes Lange
Vilhelm Petersen
Betty Petersen
Peter Travers Smith

My Fathers name was Niels Christian Jørgensen.

I sincerely hope to hear from… anyone.
Yours truly –
Anker Li