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From: Brian Kerry
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2021 8:39 AM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Re: From Mary Previte's daughter

Dear Leopold,

May I remind our readers that this book has been published under the alternative title "The bird in a bamboo cage" in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and some other areas. I am still reading it and am impressed by how accurately this novel portrays our own experiences. Strongly recommended!

Best regards,

From: Alice Previte
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2021 9:47 PM
To: pander.nl@skynet.be
Subject: Re: From Mary Previte's daughter

Ah! I see I am late to the party. There are emails about it from last fall in Mary’s email box.

I hope it is well done. I have ordered a copy for Mary’s brother, and downloaded the audio for myself.


> On Feb 26, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Alice Previte wrote:

> Dear Mr. Pander -
> Your Weihsien people probably already know, but our family just learned that there is a recent novel published about a woman who leaves England to be a teacher in Chefoo. She is held, with the students, in Weihsien. Even the Girl Guides make an appearance!
> When We Were Young and Brave, Hazel Gaynor. Published October 2020.
> Best to you.
> Alice Ann Previte

From: Mike Cerrino
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 5:37 PM
To: Leopold PANDER
Subject: Re: The photo of Eric Liddell

Just out of interest I attach a colourised photo of Eric Liddell and my g/uncle.
It is amazing what these new programs can do.


From: Mike Cerrino
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 5:32 PM
To: Leopold PANDER
Subject: Re: The photo of Eric Liddell

Hello Leopold it's so good to make contact I did try a few years ago but with no success.

I am very pleased that there are some people that may just remember my great uncle and family. I know he was a regular in the British Army as a Physical instructor in the army and he ended up as a Regimental Sergeant Major.

I never met him sadly it was rumoured he was a shocker. Apparently he would draw up a list of jobs to be completed by his wife each day. One very outdated gentleman and a perfectionist.

I live in Southern England near Colchester.

Many regards

From: Leopold PANDER
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 5:06 PM
To: 'Mike Cerrino'
Cc: pierre.ley@pandora.be; 'Christine Sancton'
Subject: RE: The photo of Eric Liddell

Dear Mike,

Thanks for your message and interest in the Weihsien-paintings’ website.

The photo came to us thanks to Christine Sancton, née Talbot. She will get this message too and ― I am sure ― will be thrilled by the information. I hope that Christine or her sister Gay will be able to give you a date for the photo of your great uncle with Eric Liddell. And maybe more …

We (ex-prisoners of Weihsien) are all ― now ― of a respectable age but in those days ( … ) we were babies or at least very young children ! Where are you writing from?

Best regards,

From: Mike Cerrino
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 3:45 PM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: The photo of Eric Liddell

Hello I notice you have a photo of my great uncle Walter Cerrino standing with Eric Lidell.

The little girl was Walters daughter Gladys known as Betty the second photo was his first wife also Galdys.

I wonder if a date can be worked out for the photo? The daughter was born in 1920 so looks 7/8/9 would that match any information?

Mike Cerrino


From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆 Ledaoyuan·Weixian Concentration Camp Museum
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:00 AM
To: 潍县绘画
Subject: Re: happy new year

Dear Mr. Pander,

Thank you very much for your blessing.
These days are the Chinese Spring Festival (New Year) holiday. I'm late to reply to you. I hope you'll understand.
I wish you and all your friends a happy new year.

Neal Wu

From: Brian Kerry
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2021 6:16 PM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Re: new BOOK

Good afternoon, Leopold

Thank you for posting this. I am currently reading this book and it gives a very accurate account of our experiences at Chefoo and Weihsien. I strongly recommend it to our group.

To repeat what I told you, this book has been published under two titles, one for sales in Canada and the USA, a different title for the U.K., Australia and some other regions. See below.

Best regards,

On 13 Feb 2021, at 09:02, Leoplod PANDER wrote:

Message for the Chefoo children (…) and the others too 😊 …

Dwight told us, and I ordered the book via the Internet. Received it two or three days ago and made a presentation on “our” website:

It is a NOVEL and I still have to read it …

Many of you are directly concerned by the story ― I have been told …
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to add your comments (praises and/or remarks) that we could add at the end of the above-mentioned presentation of:
“When We Were Young & Brave”

… all the best,

From: Roy Campbell
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:53 PM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Re: new BOOK the young and brave by Hazel Gaynor

I have read the book and I am impressed about how she has made it true to the way it was. I had a lovely message from the author when I contacted here. She said I was the first person who had contacted her who was in the Chefoo Weihsien group. I expected to pick holes in what she wrote but I felt she had portrayed it well.

I was 11 when Pearl Harbour happened and at school in Chefoo where my father was vice principal. The Japanese had occupied Chefoo in 37 or 38 and was in Temple Hill and Weihsien.

Maida Harris Campbell

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From: Angela
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2021 8:10 PM
To: Leopold Pander ; Janet Ley Pander
Subject: Fw: Happy Lunar New Year GONG CHI FAI TSAI

----- Wishing you all:
A Very Happy New Year..

Hope the year of the OX will bring an end to the Virus situation
We wish you a New Year of the Ox, 2021 filled with GOOD Fortune and Prosperity!
Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

angela & Tom

From: Leoplod PANDER
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2021 8:20 AM
To: 'weihsien@proximus.be'
Subject: happy new year


… The Year of the ox …

Health, wealth and happiness to all 😊

From: Molly & Leslie Soltay
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2021 7:00 AM
To: Pierre Ley ; leopold pander
Subject: Year of the Ox

Kung hai fat choi, Happy New Year.
All the best for the year of the Ox.

From: Edmund Pearson
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:23 PM
Subject: Chinese New Year

From: BrianKerry
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:27 AM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: Hazel Gaynor books about Chefoo Schools and Weihsien

I recently read a recommendation for Hazel Gaynor's book "When we were young and brave".
This has been published in two versions:

These books are available in hard-back, paper-back and ePub (Kindle) versions.

Although written as a work of fiction, the complete story is a very accurate account of what we, children of the Chefoo Schools, endured from the time before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour till our liberation and eventual reuniting with our parents in December 1945. The principal characters are fictional, but several familiar names appear here and there.

I believe the author drew heavily on survivors' accounts from the Weihsien-paintings website, and has, as a result, produced an accurate account of our experiences. I would strongly recommend you to obtain and read this book.

If this was your story too, I recommend you keep the box of tissues to hand!


From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:08 AM
To: 潍县绘画
Subject: From:The Museum

Dear Mr. Pander,

Weifang Museum and The Courtyard of The Happy Way & Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum, thank you for your work.
Your Weihsien-Painting website is not only the wealth of everyone, but also the wealth of the people of the world. Through your efforts, this history can be completely preserved and displayed to people all over the world.

In order to thank you for your work, the museum will give you an honorary certificate in the form of official application.
Thank you very much for your selfless help and dedication.

Best wishes.
The Courtyard of The Happy Way & Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum

P.S. The existence of this website is exclusively due to the generosity of all the ex-prisoners who have helped me with all their precious possessions: documents, photos, paintings, memories, etc. etc.
It is "OUR" website in fact ...
Thank you to the Weifang authorities for sending this certificate to us.

... on behalf of all the Children of Weihsien Camp (1943-1945) ...
Leopold Pander.

From: Angela
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:52 AM
To: Leoplod PANDER ; ldybgs@163.com
Subject: The Request re the Museum

Dear Mr Wu,

Congratulations Weifang being named International City of Peace- well deserved. We are grateful to the city to recognize our camp during those difficult years & for the new museum. Your efforts are much appreciated. I was thrilled to attend the 2005 & 2015 Reunions.

Again also many thanks to Leopold Pander to bring us together with his website. His excellent work to create such an informative website especially for us who were too young to remember & with parents deceased we have learnt so much from articles submitted.
We hope his name will be made known in your Museum for all to see - The Weihsien WEb Master*. as an acknowledgement.

I am submitting the information requested & on behalf of my cousin as well. He attended the 2005 Reunion with me.

Ted Pearson 85yrs (turning 86 yrs Aug 9) Male Canadian /British n REtired residence Montreal Quebec Canada

Angela Cox Elliott 77 yrs (born oct 43) female Canadian/British Retired 1367 2 79 Ave #6 Vancouver BC Canada V6P 2Y9 angelalousia@yahoo.ca 778 379 8195 - home fone

Angela Cox Elliott

From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:45 AM
To: brasscranes@gmail.com
Cc: 潍县绘画
Subject: Fw: Congratulations

Dear Mrs. Soltay,

Thank you very much for your letter.

Your suggestion is exactly what we are doing.

There is no doubt that Mr. Pander's work is an excellent cause. What he has done means a lot to people all over the world.

The museum attaches great importance to Mr. Pander and invited him to be our museum's consultant last year. It's a great honor for us that he has accepted this identity. We have been looking for an appropriate opportunity to officially present Mr. Pander with an honorary certificate to thank him for his contribution to the cause of peace, the cause of cultural heritage and all those who are related to this period of history.

As the museum is an official unit of the government, we need to go through some declaration process to issue honorary certificates, so it may be slower. As you know, a lot of big things have happened in Weifang recently. All the things have come together.

Soon, Mr. Pander's certificate will be approved.

Thank Mr. Pander for his contribution. Thank you and all those who are related to this period of history for your support to this cause.

Best wishes.
Neal Wu

From: Roy Campbell
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:19 PM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: Prisoners in Weihsien

I Maida Campbell was interned in Weihsien with my parents sister aunt and grandparents.

I am now 90 years old.

All four of my children and my husband have been there and I attended the celebration in 2005 with three of my children. I hope that my children and grandchildren will be able to visit again to see the museum. I am thankful you have been able to record this history as there are fewer of us all the time that remember those days

Maida Harris Campbell

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From: A. Knuppe
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:11 AM
To: pander.nl@skynet.be
Subject: information mr Wu

Hello Leopold,

I sincerely hope you and your wife are well and not too badly affected by all the rules and restrictions concerning Covid 19.
I shall be vaccinated tomorrow- a great relief!

Of course I will let Mr. Wu know that Louise and I are still alive, but I don’ t think it is relevant to inform him of our home address, telephone nr and occupation (absurd for all the old generation) Nowadays we all have to guard our privicy and not supply all this private information to China!! Hope you agree.

Just imagine our old C.A.C. Weihsien being transformed into a museum of Peace! We experienced quite a different aspect of life there, however it’s good to realize that the site will be conserved for the years to come.

All this must keep you very busy- I admire your energy!

With my friendly greetings, also to Jannette
Anne de Jongh and Wies

From: Elaine Yau
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44 AM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Re: Joe Cotterill

Dear Leopold,

I will miss both Joyce and Joe Cotterill. I visited both of them in Arizona, US and Oxford in UK before. I will never forget the time I spent with them who were always so joyful and gracious.

Attached photos I took of them at their home in Oxford.

Best regards,


From: Leoplod PANDER
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:02 AM
To: '乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆'
Cc: 'weihsien@proximus.be'
Subject: RE: From:The Museum

Dear Mr. Wu,

We, from Belgium ― ex-prisoners in Weihsien from 1943 to 1945 ― are presently alive and in good health.

The City of Weifang has honoured us by an invitation in 2015 to celebrate the 70 years of the liberation of the Weihsien Concentration Camp and in doing so, we have informed our hosts as to all the data you require in your message. Exactly as you have done in 2005 for the 60-years of our liberation.

Many of us are no longer of this World !

The Weihsien paintings’ website is accessible to all and I trust that the ex-prisoners that read us ― will send you a message ― privately at your e-mail address: ldybgs@163.com or to the Weihsien-paintings’ website via: weihsien@proximus.be in which case I will add the message to the chat-list.

Best regards,
Leopold PANDER.

From: Molly & Leslie Soltay
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2021 8:59 PM
To: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆 ; weihsien
Subject: Congratulations

A big congratulations to you Mr. Wu and the entire team in Weihsien. Your team should be justifiably proud of this honour bestowed on the City.

Now I feel that it is time for you and the team to consider suitable recognition/ honour to Leopold Pander for the work he has done. Without his great work over many years and the website, it would have not been easy to get all the information, the paintings, stories, publications, and books. Everything would have been lost. The website has been a great channel for everyone who was in the camp, their family, and those interested in understanding the events of that period. His work has laid a firm foundation for students and scholars alike for many years to come.

Leopold has done so much, with little help plus he has not profited from his endeavor, time is, as you know marching on and fewer and fewer of us are still alive. Some sort of acknowledgment I believe should be given to all that he has made possible.

Those of us who are still alive and able should on behalf of ourselves and our family/ friends make an effort to acknowledge the wonderful work Leopold did and is still doing.

These are just my thoughts. It would be delightful if you could manage to come up with something appropriate and the sooner the better.

Kind regards
Molly Soltay

From: Brian Butcher
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2021 6:52 PM
To: brian.a.kerry@sky.com; Leopold Nicky
Subject: Joe Cotterill

Hello Brian:

we remember you and your wife from the Reunion in Weifang. We had occasion to meet Joe and Joyce about 5 years ago in Arizona and had 2 lovely visits with them in their home there and also spoke to him on his 100 th birthday. Would you be able to find an obit for him and forward it to me? Not sure how we could find it from here. Joe served as a missionary with my Mom and Dad and his name has been part of stories of China all my life. Hope you are still well and surviving COVID. We, fortunately, live in an area of Canada that has been relatively unscathed.
Can’t travel, though.

Sent from my iPad

From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
(Ledaoyuan·Weixian Concentration Camp Museum) Sent: Monday, February 8, 2021 4:19 AM
To: 潍县绘画
(Weixian Painting)
Subject: Re: From:The Museum

Dear Mr. Pander,

Because we have certain restrictions on browsing English websites (we can't use Face Book, Youtube, etc.), I can only find the following links, which are some news. I hope they can help you.

You can search on youtube and you should get something.











There are also many news in Chinese:












Please pay attention to safety.
Best wishes.
Neal Wu

From: Carinne Cunningham
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 8:20 PM
To: Leoplod PANDER ; Idybgs@163.com
Subject: Re: FW: From:The Museum

Dear Mr. Wu,

It is such wonderful news that Weifang has received the notable distinction of being an international city of peace. What a tremendous honor.

We are also delighted to learn of the increasing interest in the Courtyard of the Happy Way since the opening of the new museum.
Congratulations to you and all who worked diligently to establish the new museum alongside the Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum.

I am responding to your request for information on Camp survivors who are still alive, now 75 years after liberation.
Name: — Solange Binda MacLean, nee Solange Jacqueline de Saint-Hubert
Age: — 99 years, February 1st
Gender: — Female
Nationality: — Belgium
Occupation: — Dance Instructor
Address: — 6905 HIckory Hill Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042, USA
E-mail: — cbindac@gmail.com
Phone: — 703 534 1520 landline
Cell-Phone: — 916 397 5887 daughter's cell

With our best regards,
Carinne Binda Cunningham, daughter

From: Brian Kerry
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 7:34 PM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Joe Cotterill

Hello again,

This is the reply from Chris Lloyd that I intended to send to you.

Best regards,

Dear Brian,

Joe died Tuesday this week. He would have been 104 in March.
I will forward your email to my sister , son and daughter in law.
I think you would have met Simon and Yen in 2015

Best Regards
Chris Lloyd)

Sent from my iPhone

From: Brian Kerry
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 7:24 PM
To: Leoplod PANDER
Subject: Fwd: Joe Cotterill

Good afternoon, Leopold

I saw your recent posting regarding Joe Cotterill, and took the opportunity of emailing a contact I had in 2015. Chris Lloyd is related to Joe's first wife, Jeannie Hills.

I note that this message does not have Chris' initial reply. Will send that next.

Best regards, and keep safe!

Begin forwarded message:
From: clloyd4517@aol.com
Date: 7 February 2021 at 16:40:45 GMT
To: "brian.a.kerry@sky.com"
Subject: Re: Joe Cotterill

Reply-To: clloyd4517@aol.com

Dear Brian

Forwarded to Rowland & Helen , Simon and Yen.
Rowland was in hospital with a broken hip when his Father died.
He came out of hospital later on 2nd Feb

Best Regards
Chris Lloyd)

I am doing 3 marathons (Edinburgh, Berlin and New York) 2021 for Michael Sobell. You can sponsor me @ https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-lloydms

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Kerry
To: clloyd4517@aol.com
Sent: Sun, 7 Feb 2021 10:07
Subject: Joe Cotterill

Good morning Chris,

Please pardon me for contacting you out of the blue. My name is Brian Kerry and I am Alan's dad.

It was a great pleasure for my wife, Ruth, our daughter, Cheryl, and me to meet Joe and Jean at Weifang in August 2015. I have just seen that someone with Weihsien connections is enquiring if Joe is still alive; they have had no reply from the contacts they know. I realise Joe would need to be about 104 now, so it seems unlikely. If he has in fact died, could you tell me when and where, UK or Arizona?

I attach a couple of photos of us with Joe and Jean. You might like to follow this link for my record of the Weifang visit.

With kind regards,

From: Leoplod PANDER
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 11:43 AM
To: 'weihsien@proximus.be'
Subject: FW: From:The Museum

Forwarded by http://www.weihsien-paintings.org

Dear Mr. Wu,

Thank you for the four photos and one video taken on your inauguration day. Could you send to us more comments as to the events of that particular date. TV, newspapers, speeches, etc.

Thanks in advance,

Go To:

From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:05 AM
To: Leopold_Pander
Subject: From:The Museum

Dear Leopold Pander,

Today, Weifang has become an international city of peace, and the popularity of The Courtyard of The Happy Way & Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum is also increasing, which is worthy of celebration for all.

Not only more and more scholars and experts begin to pay attention to the history of Weihsien Camp, but also the Chinese government attaches great importance.

Therefore, there is one thing I would like to ask for your help.
Can you follow the format below to help the museum count the survivors who are still alive in 2021?
We hope to know how many people are still alive by sorting out this list, and hope to collect more historical materials and keep them in the museum forever by contacting the witnesses!

Thank you.
Best wishes.
Neal Wu

Name | Age | Gender | Nationality | Occupation | Contact | Address | E-mail | Phone Number |

From: Leoplod PANDER
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 8:34 AM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: FW: Re Joe Cotterill

Forwarded by http://www.weihsien-paintings.org

Dear Brian,

All is quiet on the Weihsien-website front!
We just had messages from Dwight, Angela and Terri that were forwarded via the website. Hope you got them?
Weifang is now a city of "peace" — I will try to update that event the best I can !
Added a few books and ordered the novel mentioned in Dwight's message.
As for "getting older" — for us, it is the same thing out here, in Belgium.
The Covid is still roaming around us so we have to be very careful. As for all of us, true — we are a bit older and take a lot more time to do the same things we used to do. Such is life ! The vaccines are starting to come in but it seems to be a kind of a mess in our 27 European countries. Anyway, let us hope for the best. Patience.

Take care (...) keep safe.

From: Brian Butcher
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:15 PM
To: pander.nl@skynet.be
Subject: Re Joe Cotterill

Have you any idea if Joe Cotterill is still alive? We know Joyce has died, but have not been able to contact Joe with any of the info we have. We visited with them a few years ago in Arizona and spoke with Joe on his 100th birthday but since Joyce’s death no contact. The group is getting smaller. Hope you are well. We are well, but not as mobile as we once were.

Brian Butcher

Sent from my iPad

From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:45 AM
To: Leopold_Pander
Subject: From: Neal Wu. International City of Peace--Weifang

Dear Leopold Pander,

On February 3, 2021, Weifang was selected as an international peace city, which is exciting news for all of us.
The Courtyard of the Happy Way & Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum is gradually entering the vision of people all over the world, and everyone is paying attention to the stories that happened here.

Attached is the contents of Peace City sorted out in recent days. One of the promotional films has been broadcast worldwide.

Best wishes.
Neal Wu
City of Peace.zip (423.1MB,2021年2月22日 10:41 到期) 下载

From: Dwight W Whipple
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 2:56 AM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: BOOK

Just finished reading a new fascinating book, a novel about children and teachers from Chefoo, Temple Hill and Weihsien. It’s written with a great deal of research and brought back a lot childhood memories for me. Well worth reading and attaching to the Weihsien website.

It’s available from Amazon.
The book is “When We Were Young & Brave” by Hazel Gaynor.

-Dwight W Whipple


From: Angela
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2021 9:25 AM
To: Leopold PANDER ; jiafengliu@126.com
Subject: Re: greetings from Liu Jiafeng*** in reply to Pamela Masters


Although Henderson House may not exist - i still show her e mail address * pamela@hendersonhouse.com **

I used it some years ago - she never replied but the message wasnt returned to me. Perhaps she still uses the e mail address?

cheers angela
PS good luck

From: Leopold PANDER
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2021 8:34 AM
To: 'Liu Jiafeng'
Cc: 'weihsien@proximus.be'
Subject: RE: greetings from Liu Jiafeng

Dear Jiafeng,

Thanks for your message and URL for Weifang, a city of peace amongst many others in the world. Congratulations to you all — in Weifang.

As for Pamela Masters, I checked in my database but I only have her e-mail address:

I will forward this message to the Weihsien-group. Maybe somebody can help you.
Best regards,

From: Liu Jiafeng
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:47 PM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: Re: greetings from Liu Jiafeng

Dear Leopold,

Greetings from Jiafeng. You may noticed the announcement about the Weifang that is established as the 307th "International Cities of Peace" , please visit

The story of Weihsien Camp will be known by more people in China and the world.

I would like to tell you the copyrights of these story books are not easy to resolved, no replies from authors or publishers have been received till today. I will try again.

Now I am trying to contact Pamela Masters or her family, related her book The Mushroom years: A story of survival, 1998. Henderson House Publishing. I found this publishing has been closed and remind me to contact pamelaMastersAuthor.com , unfortunately I could not open it in China. Do you have any contact information of Pamela or her family member?

Thanks again for your generous support. With my best wishes,

From: Terri Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:06 AM
To: weihsien@proximus.be
Subject: Re: From:Neal Wu--News

This is cool!

From: Leopold PANDER
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:06 PM
To: '乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆'
Cc: pierre.ley@pandora.be
Subject: RE: From:Neal Wu — News

Dear Mr. Wu,

Thanks very much for your message and congratulations for the City of Weifang.

As I am not very gifted in making videos, I chose to write a short message that can be read on our behalf.

I hope it is OK.

We — the children of Weihsien Concentration Camp — congratulate the City of Weifang for their recent nomination into the very restricted group of cities for the "International Association of Peace Messenger Cities" created by the UN General Assembly resolution in 1986.

We also wish you success and congratulate you for the renovation of the museum in what was once, the Hospital of the Weihsien Concentration Camp.

We now know that WWII in the Pacific area caused many millions of innocent civilian deaths in China as well as in Japan and all around the Pacific Ocean. Amongst the many concentration camps in China, in Weihsien Camp, we were more or less 500 children amongst 1400 prisoners, and we miraculously survived. Other camps did not make it as well as we did.

More than 75 years later many of us are no longer alive but our Weihsien-Paintings' website will ― we hope ― survive for many years to come. We have assembled in there, all our memories, documents, paintings and many texts of historical value to be read and interpreted by all of you.

It is our hope and wish that this modest work of memory enables you to understand our particular life during this period of WWII and encourage you to learn more about our recent and common history.

May this website be added to all your history books.

Our most intimate wish ― after the War ― was to be able to live an honest life in peace, have enough food to eat, a house to live in, a good job, freedom of speech and opinion and to be able to live on the land of our choice.

No more War.
War only engenders miseries.

I can only repeat what I wrote on the homepage of our website:
"Children, whoever they are, wherever they be, (…) are the innocent victims of incomprehensible conflicts originated by "grown-ups."

This is as true today as it was then ― all over the world.

Thank You,

From: 乐道院·潍县集中营博物馆
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2021 7:26 AM
To: Leopold_Pander
Subject: From:Neal Wu--News

Dear Mr. Leopold Pander,

Wish you and your family all the best in the new year.

Recently, our museum has done a very exciting work and achieved remarkable results. With the joint efforts of The Courtyard of the Happy Way & Weihsien Concentration Camp Museum and Weifang Government. Weifang, our old Weihsien, has become an international peace city!

I have sent you the certificate of international peace city in the form of attachment.

On February 3, 2021 (US time), the Association of Peace Cities will announce to the world that Weifang has become an international peace city.< Therefore, we hope that you can publish the news on your website after the association publishes the news on February 3.

Besides, there is one thing I need your help.

Because of the epidemic situation, we can't invite you to the celebration ceremony. Therefore, as a representative of Weihsien group, can you shoot a short video to us to express your congratulations on Weifang becoming an international peace city and call for world peace?

Or you can write a letter.

Thank you very much for your help.
Best wishes.
Neal Wu