Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hoàng Thị Minh Hồ, 104, wife of patriotic businessman Trịnh Văn Bô, passed away on Sunday.
The couple had donated 5,147 tael of gold (6,862 ounces) to the interim Government of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam in 1945.
At that time, the amount of gold that Hồ and her husband donated had nearly doubled the Government’s treasury.
Additionally, Hồ and Bô also received a delegation of the interim Government, who travelled from the Việt Bắc war zone to their house at No 48 Hàng Ngang Street, Hà Nội, to lead the nation’s August Revolution 1945. But at that time, the couple did not know the delegation, including President Hồ Chí Minh and senior officials of the Government.
President Hồ Chí Minh had compiled the Declaration of Independence to establish the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam in 1945 at the house.
Later, Hồ and her husband also donated their house at No 48 Hàng Ngang Street to the Government as a revolutionary historical relic site.
Hồ married Bô in 1932 and they inherited a silk store called Phúc Lợi from her husband’s parents – one of the major silk stores in the country at that time.
Therefore, the couple provided almost all the clothes that officials wore during the Independence Day in 1945.
Hồ and Bô were awarded the Order of Independence, first class, from the State for their contribution to the State.
Bô passed away in 1988. In 2014, the Ministry of Finance published a book "Trịnh Văn Bô and his contribution to the national revolution’s finance sector" on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hồ’s birthday. — VNS