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Jewish History: Celebrating the “Miracle of Shanghai”

Jewish History: Celebrating the “Miracle of Shanghai”

Between 1933 and 1941, as Nazi Germany occupied most of the Continental Europe and pushed eastwards into the Soviet Union, estimated 25, 000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust found refuge in the Chinese city of Shanghai – in the “Designated Area for Stateless Refugees” in Tilanqiao district of Shanghai.

The Chinese port city was one of the few safe havens during the World War II that accepted Jewish refugees from across the world without requiring hard-to-get immigration visas. By the time the war ended, most of the Jewish inhabitants of the city had survived.

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Now an art exhibition in Jerusalem wants to celebrate this little know “Miracle of Shanghai”. The exhibition is title “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai – Love Without Boundries”. The opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2015 and the exhibition will be open to public from May 10-25, 2015 at International Convention Center, Jerusalem (Binyanei Hauma).

The exhibition is being co-organised by Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation, Shanghai Jewish Museum and ICC-Jerusalem. One of the organisers noted that period of Jewish exile in Shanghai has “left lots of touching stories which are unknown to most of people”. The curators have chosen art as medium to narrate this lesser-know period of Jewish history “in form of oil paintings and Chinese paintings”.

According to the organizers, creator of the paintings, Mr. Zhangping and the director of Yafo Capital, the sponsor of the event, Mr. Benjamin Peng, the two week-long event advocates “peace and love for people and the world”. Senior Israeli and Chinese government officials and business leaders are expected to take part in opening ceremony.










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