The meeting was co-held by the Institute of President Ho Chi Minh and Party’s leaders and the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics on December 27 in Hanoi.

At the seminar. (Photo:

General Nguyen Chi Thanh’s real name was Nguyen Vinh. He was born from a farmer family in Quang Tho commune, Quang Dien district, Thua Thien-Hue province. With ardent patriotism, he joined local youths in protesting the exploitation and repression of the landlords and the oppressive regime and took part in the elementary movement to eradicate illiteracy for people at his young age. He was admitted to the Indochinese Communist Party at the age of 23 (in July, 1937) and then became Secretary of the local Party organization.

During the revolutionary movements against the Empire of Japan and the French Colonies, he was sent to the South-Central Region and appointed to Secretary of the Central Region’s Party Committee. After the National Resistance Day (December 19, 1946), he was appointed to many important positions such as Secretary of the Thua Thien provincial Party Committee, the Director of the General Department of Politics of the General Command of the Vietnam People’s Army, and so on.

He was elected to the Politburo at the 2nd National Party Congress. In 1961, the general took over the position of Head of the Working Board for Rural Activities of the Party Central Committee. From October 1964 to the end of his life, he was Secretary of the Central Committee for South Vietnam cum Political Commissar of the Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam.

When the resistance war against American invaders was at its severe stage, General Thanh suddenly died of a heart attack (on July 6, 1967). The general was also bestowed with many noble orders and awards of the Party and State.

At the seminar, participants recalled the general’s life and revolutionary career while clarifying his contributions as an excellent politician and a military expert of the Party and the Vietnamese revolution.

Translated by Trung Thanh