Weber, who founded and led Hilfsaktion Vietnam (“Help Vietnam” or HAV) in 1965, had asked to be buried in Vietnam. She died of heart disease last October at the age of 82. Her ashes were laid to rest in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District.

Weber was General Secretary of HAV from the group’s founding until its dissolution in 2000, according to Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

She was also a founder and executive member of the Germany-Vietnam Friendship Society for 33 years, from its establishment in 1976 until her death.

Weber visited Vietnam on more than 20 occasions, most frequently during the most difficult periods of the Vietnam War.

During the post-war period, HAV, under her leadership, made huge efforts to help war-torn Vietnam heal its wounds, funding some 100 projects throughout the country, VNA said.

At the ceremony Saturday, former HAV representative Frank Jacob thanked the Vietnamese government for their cooperation in seeing to it that Weber’s final wish, to be buried in her second home, be carried out, Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper said.

HAV raised some 200 million DM in cash for programs in Vietnam and provided a huge amount of non-financial aid to Vietnam over its 35 years of operation, according to VNA.

Thanh Nien News - march 15, 2009