Embassy commemorates Legendary George Hogg

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The Chinese Embassy in Britain held a commemorative reception Saturday for George Hogg, a British journalist who revealed China's huge sufferings during its war against Japanese military aggression.

George Hogg came to China in 1937 as a reporter and wrote numerous articles about the sufferings of the Chinese people under the brutality of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Hogg helped establish a school for war orphans in China's Shaanxi province in 1942, which was later relocated to Shandan, Gansu province. Hogg died from tetanus at the age of 30 in July 1945, but his Shandan Bailie School lives on.

George Hogg's dramatic rescue from the Japanese army with four adopted sons and 56 other boys over the mountains of central China has been the subject of a book, Ocean Devil, and a 2008 Chinese film, The Children of Huang Shi (黄石的孩子)


Poster of the 2008 Chinese film The Children of Huang Shi.

"Thanks to the sacrifice and solidarity of hundreds of thousands of people like Hogg, the extremely cruel aggression in human history ended in fiasco, and justice eventually conquered evil," Chen Xiaodong, charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy, said at the reception.

Hogg had devoted himself to his Chinese students, his four adopted Chinese orphans and the Chinese people's fight against fascist Japan, Chen said.

Norman Hoare, headmaster of St. George School in Harpenden of Britain, where Hogg had studied, also attended the reception. He said St. George School will treasure its historic links with China and conduct more exchanges with the country.

Two of Hogg's adopted children came to the reception together with Hogg's relatives, who had flown in from Finland and the United States.

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