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In Their Own Words as Jewish Refugees

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Children, Grown-Ups, and Saying Goodbye to Shanghai, 1945-1949


Sunday, March 3rd at 1 pm


Speaker: Sara Halpern, Ohio State University


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Join doctoral candidate Sara Halpern as she shares the experiences of Jewish families in Shanghai during World War II. Using oral histories, memoirs, and archival documents she will explore the separate worlds of children and their parents, the former attending school and playing with friends while the latter struggle to support the family, cope with loss, and seek entry to the United States.


Sara Halpern is a doctoral candidate in Modern Jewish and European history at the Ohio State University. She is currently holds the Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellowship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Her current project explores the humanitarian and legal challenges of assisting Central European Jewish refugees in Shanghai after 1945. Her work has been supported by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, the American Association of Jewish Research, Social Science Research Council, and others. She received her MA in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan and BA from Colgate University.


This program is presented in relation to the Jewish Refugees and Shanghai exhibit, on display February 3 – March 10, 2019. Tickets to public programs include admission to the Museum.


March 3
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm