Jewish Refugee Museum in Shanghai China

Today we visited a powerful museum – the Jewish Refugee Museum of Shanghai, China. While much of the world turned a blind eye, Shanghai offered refuge to the Jewish people during WWII, saving about 23,000 Jewish people.

Jewish Refugee Museum

Jewish Refugee Museum

A quick bit of history as posted on the walls of the museum:

  • 1933: The Nazis came to power in Germany and began persecution against the Jews.
  • 1935: The Nazi Germany promulgated the Nuremberg Laws to deprive the Jews of their citizenship.
  • 1938: At the Evian Conference, none of the 32 participating states was willing to open its doors to Jewish refugees. And Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass”, followed on November 9th in the same year.
  • 1940: Dr Fengshan Ho, Chinese Consul General in Vienna, Austria issued large numbers of “Life-saving visas” to Jewish refugees.
Jewish Refugee Museum

Temple at the Jewish Refugee Museum

Jewish Refugee Museum Shanghai

Menorah near the entrance, the wall reads: “To the people of Shanghai for unique humanitarian act of saving thousands of Jews during the II World War. Thanks in the name of the Government of Israel.”

Temple at the Jewish Refugee Museum Shanghai

One of the beautiful doors at the museum.

All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012

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  1. That was interesting along with the photos 🙂

    Have a great week on your journey 🙂

  2. Remember my brother-in-law Jay? His family is from Germany, and they sought refuge in China back in the 1930s.

  3. Alastair says:

    This is one piece of history we should never forget, how certain nations rallied to the caused of an oppressed people.

  4. I am a fan of museum of any types… Well for me it is always awesome and I am sure this is one of the best too…

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