Vietnam’s Friendship Order presented to German journalist
German journalist Hellmut Kapfenberger has been presented with the Friendship Order from the President of Vietnam in recognition of his contributions to the two countries’ friendship and multifaceted cooperation.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung (R) presents the Friendship Order to Hellmut Kapfenberger on December 15th. (Credit: VNA)
Kapfenberger used to be a correspondent of the German Democratic Republic’s AND news agency and Neues Deutschland (New Germany) newspaper in Vietnam in 1970-1973 and 1980-1984. His hundreds of reports on Vietnam greatly helped to promote the movement of solidarity with Vietnam during wartime and the first years following the country’s reunification.
Returning to his homeland, he participated in the Committee on Vietnam of the German Democratic Republic and in activities promoting solidarity with Vietnam.
After retiring, he spent time on collecting documents and writing books on Vietnam, including a book with Vietnamese version entitled “Ho Chi Minh – Mot bien nien su” (Ho Chi Minh – A chronicle), “Berlin – Bonn – Saigon – Hanoi”, “Vietnam - ein dreizigjähriger Krieg 1945-1975” (Vietnam – A 30-year war 1945-1975), and “Duong mon Ho Chi Minh” (Ho Chi Minh Trail).
In 2012, Kapfenberger handed over to Vietnam a Ho Chi Minh Order of the German Democratic Republic, which was the only country that had an order named after Ho Chi Minh, and some other items illustrating the solidarity with Vietnam.
At the presentation ceremony in Berlin on December 15th, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung appreciated Kapfenberger’s contributions to the two countries’ relations.
The diplomat also briefed participants about bilateral ties and cooperation prospects while voicing his hope that Kapfenberger will continue supporting this relationship./.