Destination Shanghai: The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1936-1949

On view through April 14, 2013 at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Between 1936 and 1949 Shanghai was the last refuge to 20,000 German and Austrian Jews, who flocked to the only place in the world that didn’t require a visa. Although ill equipped for their new surroundings, the German and Austrian refugees were remarkably self-reliant. They were able to establish businesses, synagogues, aid programs, an educational system and numerous cultural institutions. Concerts, theater performances and dance, art exhibitions, fashion shows and literary readings provided distraction from the daily deprivations.

This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books and periodicals printed in China from the LBI collections that document the Shanghai experience.

Images from the Exhibition



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