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Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibit

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibit  

On display at Central: November 18-December 31
On display at Flushing: December 3-January 2  

Come view the exhibit chronicling the lives of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II. When a nation experience disaster, what choices should other nations and communities make? This exhibit tells the story of how thousands of Jews fled hometowns in Europe that were under Hitler’s control and took refuge in China. By December 1941, approximately 25,000 Jewish refugees were living in Shanghai, with additional Jewish refugees in Tianjin, Harbin, and Fengtian. In 1943, the occupying Japanese authority forced Jewish refugees into a concentration camp, where they stayed until Japan surrendered in 1945.  During this period, Shanghai residents and Jews helped each other. This exhibit details the way that the community in Shanghai came together with the Jewish refugees, overcoming differences of culture, religion, and language, to mutually support each other through a traumatic time in history. It encourages everyone with a kind heart to yearn for and safeguard peace among all peoples.  



Film Screening: "Survival in Shanghai" 
We celebrate It's Time for Kind with the little known story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai in WWII, when China was one of the very few countries accepting people escaping from the nightmare of Nazi Europe. "Survival in Shanghai" is 84 minutes and in English. 
Wednesday, December 4, 6pm at Flushing 41-17 Main Street

Discussion: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai  
More than 20,000 Jews fled to Shanghai during the Second World War to escape the Nazi persecution. Born and raised in Shanghai, Professor Xu, working at Brooklyn Public Library and concurrently teaching in Brooklyn College, makes a schematic analysis of the Jewish migration to Shanghai since 1840 with focus on the latest fleeing of European Jewish refugees, their struggle for survival in Shanghai, and their whereabouts after the war. 
Saturday, December 21, 2pm at Flushing 41-17 Main Street