|David L. Bloch, Self Portrait in a Rickshaw, watercolor, 1943|
Shanghai was the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941, the last place they could go without visas. Most were ill-prepared, 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. This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books printed in China.
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