The last refuge the story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai / produced by Xiao-hong Cheng & Noriko Sawada ; written by Xiao-hong Cheng ; written and directed by Xiao-hong Cheng ; Noxi Productions
- Projected medium
- Teaneck, N.J. : Ergo Media, Inc., c2004
Like many untold stories in the history of mankind, the story of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees has its unique significance, which, in this film is revealed by the survivors' first-hand accounts, scholarly analysis, and valuable historical stock footage.
As Hitlers plan to eradicate the Jewish people become abundantly clear, millions of European Jews were desperately seeking refuge in any country that would accept them. Under pressure from Nazi Germany, most countries closed their doors to them, except for Shanghai, China, a city that most European Jews had never heard of. Shanghai became the only place in the world that did not require entry visas or permits. Thus, from 1938 to 1942, about 18,000 Jews successfully escaped to Shanghai. However, at the time when these Jewish refugees arrived in Shanghai, most of the city was occupied by the Japanese. In such an unfamiliar city, along with their Chinese neighbors, the Jewish refugees went through the most extraordinary experience in their lives: the hardship of wartime Shanghai; surviving the Japanese ghetto; and the moment of liberation. Some lost their lives, but most of the refugees survived the war in that city whereas their families and friends, who were not able to find their ways to escape, lost their lives in the Nazi concentration camps.
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