Nhan Dan online - German journalist Hellmut Kapfenberger officially launched in Berlin on September 2 his latest book on President Ho Chi Minh entitled "Ho Chi Minh - Politische Biografie" (Political Biography).
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Hellmut Kapfenberger glorified the Vietnamese leader as a brilliant national hero who demonstrated modesty, simplicity and friendliness, and devoted his entire life to the homeland and the people.
The 86-year-old writer and also journalist said the present biography is an improved version of his previous book "Ho Chi Minh - A Chronicle" published in 2009.
He expressed his pride and joy to publish a full biography on President Ho Chi Minh, saying the book will allow readers to learn more about his life and career, from his birth in Nghe An to his journey through many foreign countries to find the way of the salvation of his nation.
The book also describes his years resiliently leading Vietnam's struggle for independence and as President of State until his last moment.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu thanked Kapfenberger and German Publishing House Director Wiljo Heinen for hosting the launch event on Vietnam National Day (September 2), which also marked the 51st anniversary of the death of the late President.
He said the new book would be a valuable publication on President Ho Chi Minh, which will help readers learn more about Vietnam and its founder and go a long way in strengthening the friendship between the Germans and the Vietnamese.
He expects the book to be well received by German readers as well as Vietnamese expatriates living in Germany and that Kapfenberger will produce more books on Vietnam.
Journalist Hellmut Kapfenberger was awarded the Order of Friendship conferred by the President of Vietnam in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the friendship and multifaceted cooperation of the two countries.
As a reporter for ADN - the official news agency of the former German Democratic Republic, and for the newspaper Neues Deutschland (New Germany), he spent seven years in Vietnam reporting on the war. He has witnessed fierce battles, American atrocities and the heroic resistance of the Vietnamese.
After his retirement, he spent time collecting documents and writing books about Vietnam, including a book with a Vietnamese version titled "Ho Chi Minh - Mot bien nien su" (Ho Chi Minh - A Chronicle), "Berlin - Bonn - Saigon - Hanoi", "Vietnam - ein dreizigjähriger Krieg 1945-1975" (Vietnam - 30 years of war 1945-1975) and "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (The Ho Chi Minh trail).
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