Jewish Refugees and Shanghai

Jewish Refugees and Shanghai


Feb 03 2019 - Mar 17 2019
, 10AM- 5PM

Created by the Shanghai Jewish Museum
On view at JMM February 3, 2019 – March 17, 2019

In the 1930s, as the Nazi scourge spread across Europe, all doors appeared to be closed to Jewish migration. The international city of Shanghai was the exception. It became the temporary home to more than 20,000 Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, Poland, and Lithuania – the largest single haven for settlement on the planet.

Jewish Refugees and Shanghai contains 52 panels detailing the extraordinary history of an unexpected community. Weaving together the first-person experiences of more than two dozen individuals who lived in the Shanghai Jewish ghetto, this exhibit details the extraordinary history of an unexpected community.

This multi-lingual exhibit (the panels are printed in both Chinese and English), explores not just the journey and introduction to life in Shanghai but the creation and integration of these Jewish refugees with both their Chinese neighbors and the already-established Sephardic Jewish and Russian Jewish communities. Jewish Refugees and Shanghai does not shy away from the difficulties faced by these Jewish refugees, including the creation of the Hongkou Ghetto and the subsequent loss of jobs and freedom of movement they experienced.

Jewish Refugees and Shanghai is a story of resilience, cross-cultural acceptance, and the renewal of hope in the face of adversity. 

Photo of Exhibit

Jewish Refugees and Shanghai was made possible through the generous support of:

The Radisson Hotel, Baltimore Downtown, Inner Harbor and
The Crowne Plaza, Baltimore Downtown, Inner Harbor.

The public programs for this exhibit are supported in part by Andy Dorfmann and Pam Broomall.

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