Shanghai was the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941, virtually the last place they could go where visas were not required. Most Central European refugees were ill-prepared for the conditions they found in this bustling metropolis of 6.5 million, but despite adverse circumstances, they were able to establish synagogues, a burial society, an educational system and numerous cultural institutions. Concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions, fashion shows and literary readings provided distraction from the daily deprivations. By 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was founded, the majority of Jewish refugees had left Shanghai, dispersing to all corners of the world. This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books and periodicals printed in China. The materials that document the Shanghai experience are all taken from LBI collections.
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The exhibit will be on display through October 30, 2012.
Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery
Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Monday and Wednesday, 9:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Friday, 9:30am – 3:00pm