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Modern-day Noah’s Ark: Stories of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during WWII

June 12, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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After Adolf Hitler seized power in 1933, Nazi Germany used the state apparatus to persecute Jews. In the 1930s, most countries restricted entry for Jews who were trying to flee from the Holocaust. For many of those desperate refugees, Shanghai was the only hope and the last resort. From 1933-1941, this Chinese metropolis accepted more than 20,000 Jews with no visa required. The people in Shanghai opened their arms and offered a safe haven to their Jewish friends, especially after the establishment of the Designated Area by the Japanese authorities in Shanghai. The Jewish refugees were welcomed by Shanghai residents and they created a strong community with schools, businesses and a vibrant social scene. Together, the residents and the refugees tided over the dark years, displaying an act of friendship and humanitarianism. BBC calls this event “one of the most extraordinary stories in Shanghai’s history” and the area where the Jews settled during WWII “a modern-day Noah’s Ark”.

In November 2007, the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum came into existence to memorialize this historical event. Since its inception, the Museum has been dedicated itself to the preservation of the history of Jews taking refuge in Shanghai. It has received more than 800,000 visitors from over 100 countries in the past decade. It has also held exhibitions in Germany, Israel, the United States, and many other countries. The Museum began its expansion project in 2018, which was completed in October 2020. It is an institution to promote the shared aspiration for a world people want with lasting peace, common security, inclusiveness, tolerance, and common prosperity.
The Renwen Society presents a lecture on the subject by Mr. Chen Jian, President of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum on June 12, 2021. The speaker will share with the audience stories of the Jews in Shanghai in WWII with an introduction to his museum.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.





chen jian



June 12, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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