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.
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