For a century, Jews were an unmistakable and prominent feature of Shanghai life. They built hotels and stood in bread lines, hobnobbed with the British and Chinese elites and were confined to a wartime ghetto. Jews taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, sold Viennese pastries, and shared the worst slum with native Shanghainese. Three waves of Jews, representing three religious and ethnic communities, landed in Shanghai, remained separate for decades, but faced the calamity of World War II and ultimate dissolution together.
In this book, we hear their own words and the words of modern scholars explaining how Baghdadi, Russian and Central European Jews found their way to Shanghai, created lives in the world’s most cosmopolitan city, and were forced to find new homes in the late 1940s.
Table of Contents
Preface Rodger Citron
Introduction: How Many Shanghai Jews Were There? Steve Hochstadt
Shanghai before the War
Shanghai Remembered: Recollections of Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews Maisie Meyer
The Burak Family: The Migration of a Russian Jewish Family through the First Half of the Twentieth Century Anne Atkinson
Russian Jews in Shanghai 1920–1950: New Life as Shanghailanders Liliane Willens
Shanghai and the Holocaust
Desperate Hopes, Shattered Dreams: The 1937 Shanghai–Manila Voyage of the “Gneisenau” and the Fate of European Jewry Jonathan Goldstein
Diplomatic Rescue: Shanghai as a Means of Escape and Refuge Manli Ho
305/13 Kungping Road Lotte Marcus
Survival in Shanghai 1939–1947 Evelyn Pike Rubin
What I Learned from Shanghai Refugees Steve Hochstadt
Chinese Responses to the Holocaust: Chinese Attitudes toward Jewish Refugees in the Late 1930s and Early 1940s Xu Xin
Looking Back at Shanghai
Imagined Geographies, Imagined Identities, Imagined Glocal Histories Dan Ben-Canaan
Ephemeral Memories, Eternal Traumas and Evolving Classifications: Shanghai Jewish Refugees and Debates about Defining a Holocaust Survivor Gabrielle Abram
Steve Hochstadt taught history at Illinois College 2006-2016, after teaching at Bates College in Maine for 27 years. His grandparents escaped from Vienna to Shanghai in 1939, and his research focuses on the Holocaust. His book Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich, based on interviews with former refugees, is being translated into Chinese.