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Independence activist An Jung-geun’s nephew’s wife dies

Bereaved family members of Park Tae-jeong, wife of Korean independence activist An Jung-geun's nephew, carry Park's photo and coffin during his funeral ceremony at Seoul's Ewha University Hospital in Gangseo District , in Seoul on Monday.  Yonhap.
Bereaved family members of Park Tae-jeong, wife of Korean independence activist An Jung-geun’s nephew, carry Park’s photo and coffin during his funeral ceremony at Seoul’s Ewha University Hospital in Gangseo District , in Seoul on Monday. Yonhap.


By Nam Hyun Woo

Park Tae-jeong, wife of nephew of Korean independence movement activist An Jung-geun, has died aged 91. Among the surviving members of An’s family, she was the closest to An and was known to have suffered from financial problems until her last days.

According to the Center for Historical Truth and Justice, Park died Saturday after a month of treatment for a cerebral infarction. Her funeral ceremony was held Monday at Seoul Ewha University Hospital in Gangseo District, Seoul, and she was buried in a Catholic cemetery in Gyeonggi Province.

Park was the daughter-in-law of An Jeong-geun, the second younger brother of An Jung-geun. Jeong-geun was also an independent activist who served in the Interior Ministry of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, which existed from 1919 to 1948, when the country was under Japanese colonial rule and for a few years after liberation. .

Park’s husband, Jin-saeng, was Jeong-geun’s second son. After Korea was liberated, Jin-saeng served as a naval officer and became a diplomat in the 1960s. While working as an ambassador at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security – now called the Korea National Diplomatic Academy – He was fired by the Chun Doo-hwan administration in 1980 and suffered from a cerebral infarction for eight years until his death in 1988. .

During her eight years of treatment, the family also suffered financial difficulties. According to the center, the Park family lived on a combined income of about 500,000 won ($430) from a monthly pension Park’s daughter received from the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and 200,000 won from a basic pension that Park received. An offer was made to donate a house for the Park family to live in, but the family declined, saying, “The house should be donated to those in need.”

Park’s death came just three days before Korea commemorated the 112th anniversary of An Jung-geun’s assassination of Resident General of Korea Ito Hirobumi, at Harbin Railway Station on October 26, 1905. Ito forced the Korean Empire to sign the 1905 Treaty of Eulsa, which stripped Korea of ​​its diplomatic sovereignty and made it a protectorate of Imperial Japan. An was immediately imprisoned and later executed by Japanese authorities on March 26, 1910.

An’s assassination played a pivotal role in informing the world about the colonial rule of Korea by Imperial Japan and in energizing the national independence movement. In 1962, the Korean government posthumously awarded him the Order of Merit from the National Foundation of the Republic of Korea, which is the country’s highest civilian decoration.































































































Teresa R. Cabrera

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