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.
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 Nuremburg 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.
All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012
We visited here as we traveled the world in 2012. See more at Albom Adventures.
Want to learn more, check out one of these books:
- Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto
- Preserving the Shanghai Ghetto: Memories of Jewish Refugees in 1940’s China
- Shanghai Diary