Stories of Jews Who Escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Germany
by Berl Falbaum
In the 1930s, anti-Semitism was spreading like a cancer throughout the world, and even though Hitler’s regime was criticized for its treatment of Jews, no one stepped forward to help them.
Through word of mouth or information from travel agencies, Jews from various parts of Europe discovered that Shanghai was an open port. No visas or passports were required. About 20,000 refugees made the decision to flee from impending extermination — leaving behind their highly civilized and sophisticated culture for a haven that could not have been more unlike the life they had experienced.
Shanghai Remembered is a collection of first-person accounts telling how these refugees found themselves traumatized, stateless, and penniless in a strange and inhospitable place.