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Dr. Willy Tonn was an intellectual leader of the German-Jewish community in Shangai. See the Hans Jacoby Collection, AR 4847.

Hans Jacoby, born on September 6, 1900 in Dresden and married to Emma Jacoby, was educated as an artist (painter). As an illegal refugee Jacoby left Germany for Holland in 1938 and was interned in the Hoek van Holland camp, an internment location for refugees that were considered illegal by the Dutch government. On April 28, 1940, he emigrated to Shanghai, where he took courses at the Juedische Gemeinde Shanghai and at the Asia Seminar. The latter, founded in 1943, was a seminar of academic lectures. The courses were dealing with languages, Chinese philosophy and law. The Asia Seminar continued until 1948. Jacoby moved to the United States in 1947, living mostly in Miami. He died in 1984.

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Jacoby, Hans: Portrait of Bao Bao, Chinese Maid of Professor Willy Tonn, Leo Baeck Institute, 80.226.