For approximately 20,000 European Jews fleeing persecution from the Nazi regime in the 1930s, the free port of Shanghai, which was under Japanese occupation, offered some hope of reprieve from what was to unfold in the ensuing six years of world war. Most countries outside Europe were limiting or denying entry to Jewish refugees and Shanghai became a safe haven as no visa was required to enter.
While living out the war years in trying conditions, refugees in Shanghai did not suffer the horrors endured by their families and friends in Nazi-occupied Europe. The Jewish Refugees and Shanghai exhibition looks at this significant but little-known story including: the circumstances leading up to their escape from Europe, life in the Shanghai ghetto and the aftermath.
The exhibition includes Australian stories, as many of those in the Shanghai ghetto finally settled in Australia at the end of the war. The JHC will feature artefacts from its collection which have been donated by ‘Shanghailanders’ who settled here.
Monday 31 August – Sunday 1 November