Tour Exhibition in Germany
With the help of Center for Jewish Studies Shanghai and supports from relevant organizations and persons, our museum designed an exhibition named "Jewish Refugees?and Shanghai" with joint efforts of Chinese and German experts. The exhibition will be displayed in Chinese Culture Center Berlin from August 26 to September 7 and then in Confucius Institute Hannover from September 18 to October 30.
Berlin’s opening ceremony will be held at 17:00 on Friday, August 26 in Chinese Culture Center Berlin (Address: Klingelhoferstr. 21, Berlin). Hannover’s opening ceremony will be held at 11:30 on Sunday, September 18 in Liberale Jüdische Gemeinde Hannover E.V.(Address: Fuhsestr. 6, 30149 Hannover).
From 1930s to 1940s, thousands of Jews fled to Shanghai to escape from the upsurge of anti-Semitism and the unbridled persecution carried out by the Nazis. Shanghai opened her arms to the refugees while almost all western countries refused to accept them. Whenever looking back to that period of history, we can proudly declare that the Chinese made a righteous choice during the battle between good and evilness. It is estimated that, from 1933 to 1941, around 30,000 Jewish refugees had arrived in Shanghai from Germany and countries annexed by Nazi Germany, and 25,000 had chosen to stay here when the Pacific War broke out in December, 1941. Some of the refugees were born in Shanghai, some had their Bar Mitzvah at the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, some got married and others just struggled to get their lives in Shanghai on track again.
During the tough times in ghetto, Jewish refugees lived harmoniously with the local people, overcoming numerous difficulties together. They also introduced sophisticated technologies and European cultures to the Chinese people. Ghetto period is an unforgettable chapter of Sino-Foreign Countries friendship. We sincerely wish that this exhibition can make visitors better understand the history of Shanghai haven and welcome to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.