Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center - Northern Trust Gallery
The Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz
Memorial Foundation Gallery
In 1946, American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein began a project documenting the lives of Jewish refugees who now called Shanghai’s Hongkew District “home.” This exhibit sheds light on a lesser-known moment in Holocaust history: European Jews who had been shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution, only to find a beacon of hope in China.
Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash
Congregation Or Tzion
The story of the Kaifeng Jews is a little-known episode of the Diaspora, but its existence caught the imagination of both European missionaries and prominent Jews, with far-reaching effects. An investigation of this isolated yet enduring enclave will highlight the dynamic tension between fidelity to, and adaptation within, tradition, while under the rule of a dominant and highly codified culture.
Kensington Library - Brooklyn, New York
In collaboration with Amud Aish Memorial Musuem
and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
This multi-branch exhibition includes images and ephemera of European Jews who were displaced during the war, films and lectures about their time in China, and a discussion about their eventual emigration to the United States. When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, he issued a series of anti-Semitic decrees, depriving Jews of their civil rights. With the outbreak of WWII, many Jews chose to flee their hometowns, and a considerable number of them took refuge in Shanghai, China— a city they could travel to without a visa. Around that same time, students from the Mir Yeshiva in Vilna, Lithuania, also made their way to East Asia to escape the Nazi regime, setting up yeshivas in their new home. Many of these students—and their families—emigrated to Brooklyn, NY, following Japan’s surrender in 1945.
Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong
Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable story of two Jewish families, both originally from Baghdad, who stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than 175 years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; saving the lives of 18,000 Jews fleeing Nazi persecution; and losing nearly everything as the Communists swept into power. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.
Historic Shanghai Cocktail Cinema:
What was it like to grow up as part of Old Shanghai’s fabled international community? In this powerful documentary, the story of Shanghai’s history is told through rare historic footage, interspersed with the personal stories and reminisces of the men and women who grew up in 1920s-40s Shanghai, during an era of turbulence and drama—a story with special resonance today.
The Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibition (1933-1941) brings together for the first time photos, personal stories, and artifacts from Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum. Lectures, Opening Celebration and Screening of Documentary "Shanghai Ghetto"
University of Washington Hillel
Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the Univ. of Washington Hillel at the University of Washington
Historic Shanghai Book Club
Witness to History from Vienna to Shanghai:
A Memoir of Escape, Survival and Resilience by Paul Hoffman and Jean Hoffman Lewanda .
On the rainy afternoon of November 28,1938, a slight 18-year-old Austrian man took in his first impressions of Shanghai. Paul Hoffmann had left his family and all that was familiar to him in Vienna and was now among a forlorn stream of thousands of Jewish refugees into China to escape Nazism. For the next thirteen years, Shanghai would be his home, and he made the most of the last years of the foreign-dominated world of old Shanghai. Witness to History is the moving memoir of a man caught up in the tides of history, who witnessed and experienced the Nazi revolution in Europe, the Japanese invasion of China and the Communist victory in China in 1949, and emerged from the challenges all the wiser.
January Walks Offered by Historic Shanghai
"Inside the RockBund Series"
Its quiet beauty houses a rich heritage: Sephardic Jewish businessman B.A. Somekh hired Moorhead, Halse & Robinson -- the firm which had designed the Ohel Rachel Synagogue and the Shanghai Club -- to build him a prestigious legacy. Tragically, he died the year it was completed. He left a fortune to his sons and a building in which a century’s worth of history resides.
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Sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST
Since its establishment, the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum has been trying to preserve the history of about 20,000 European Jews who fled to Shanghai in order to avoid persecution by the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s. Explore historical artifacts and stories of Jews taking refuge in Shanghai, which focus on their resilience and optimism under difficult circumstances, as well as their friendship with the Chinese people.