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7.21.15

Chinese Museum Unveils Jewish Connection

"Girls of the Shanghai Ghetto" by Unknown - http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-young-jewish-girls-escape-from-death-to-idyllic-shanghai-during-world-war-ii/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Girls_of_the_Shanghai_Ghetto.png#/media/File:Girls_of_the_Shanghai_Ghetto.png

“Girls of the Shanghai Ghetto” by Unknown – http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-young-jewish-girls-escape-from-death-to-idyllic-shanghai-during-world-war-ii/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Girls_of_the_Shanghai_Ghetto.png#/media/File:Girls_of_the_Shanghai_Ghetto.png

During World War II, nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler, found a safe haven in Shanghai, one of the few places that accepted them without documentation.  Today, visitors to China’s largest city can learn more about this part of Holocaust history and the growing connection between Chinese and Jewish culture at the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum.  Recently there’s even been a Chinese-Jewish wedding and Holocaust Music Concert held inside.

The Ohel Moshe Synagogue and two exhibition halls which make up the museum are located at 62 Changyang Road.

Funded by the People’s Government of the Hongkew District, the restoration was completed in 2007.  Pictures and mementos from the 1930s and 40s, including passports, newspapers, an engraved stone, and a short historic film allow visitors a peek into the past. Other exhibits include photos of Refugee Shelters, Jewish Life in Shanghai, and “Little Vienna” — an area of shops and cafes built and frequented by the refugees as a reminder of their European home life.

Among their collection is an extensive database of survivors and descendants.  Information including the refugees’ names, gender, addresses, nationalities, how they came coming to Shanghai, professions, the current countries of residence, photos, and even the survivors’ contact information is available to the public.

For more information, visit:  ShanghaiJews.org.

Until next time,

Layne

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  1. Ron Fong

    Hi Layne,

    I just finished your book, . Shanghai Love. Thank you so much for writing it. It was so engaging and so informative of the meaning behind Chinese culture I’ve experienced to some degree, not quite understanding the purpose or meaning behind it.

    Thank you again. Please let me know when you next book is out.

    P.S. I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life.

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      Dear Ron,

      Thank you for reaching out and letting me know how much you enjoyed Shanghai Love! It warms my heart when individuals take the time, as you did, to write me and let me know. Be sure you’re on my email list so I can keep you up to date!

      Best,

      Layne

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      Dear Ron,

      Thank you for such a thoughtful note! I love the Bay Area, and I’m proud to let you know that Kinokuniya Bookstore at 1581 Webster St in San Francisco carries copies of Shanghai Love. I will definitely let you know when my next novel comes out!

      With appreciation,
      Layne

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