Remembering Shanghai: a Refuge for Holocaust Survivors


In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, eJewish Philanthropy recognizes the powerful message of a new exhibit at Amud Aish Memorial Museum. The Brooklyn Holocaust museum recently unveiled A Precious Gift: Escape to Shanghai, a collection of artifacts depicting the untold role Shanghai played in the protection of Eastern European Jews seeking asylum from Nazi persecution.

Up until the late 1930's, Shanghai maintained open borders, making it a feasible safe-house for fleeing Jews to get their footing while they found permanent housing elsewhere. The exhibit marks their journey from Eastern Europe to Shanghai and the religious life they experienced in China. Shanghai succeeded in rescuing approximately 20,000 Jews. In addition to original texts and relics, the museum offers small group workshops to students that focus on the story of an individual Holocaust survivor, giving visitors a truly personalized experience. LEARN MORE