There is a story widely reported by prominent newspapers and government outlets in China that Thomas Rabe, the grandson of John Rabe, asked China for medicine and medical supplies at the start of the COVID pandemic in April 2020 because there was a shortage of it in Heidelberg. Thomas Rabe was reported to be a medical doctor at Heidelberg University and is part of the team confronting COVID. And John Rabe is the "Schindler of China" who protected thousands of Chinese civilians during the horrendous Rape of Nanking during WWII.
It was March 2020. COVID-19 was sweeping the world and putting millions of lives in danger. The Chinese Embassy in Germany received a call for help from a doctor at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, southwest Germany, requesting medical supplies from China to aid his hospital in fighting COVID-19. The doctor was no other than Thomas Rabe, the grandson of John Rabe, a renowned German businessman who led the Nanjing Safety Zone and wrote The Diaries of John Rabe during World War II.
I want to know if this story, although touching, is true. The only source reporting it in English seems to only be from Chinese media. Are there reports and documentation about this event that come from other nations? What about German (I am not a German speaker)?