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Jewish refugees on a sleigh ride in Harbin, China.

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    Jewish refugees on a sleigh ride in Harbin, China.
    Jewish refugees on a sleigh ride in Harbin, China.

Among those pictured is Hellmut Stern (center).

    Overview

    Caption
    Jewish refugees on a sleigh ride in Harbin, China.

    Among those pictured is Hellmut Stern (center).
    Date
    Circa 1939 - 1940
    Locale
    Harbin, [Manchuria; Sungkiang] China
    Variant Locale
    Kharbin
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Helmut Stern

    Rights & Restrictions

    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Hellmut Stern

    Keywords & Subjects

    Photo Designation
    JEWISH LIFE IN CHINA -- Harbin

    Administrative Notes

    Biography
    Hellmut Stern is the son of Deitmar and Ilse (Wolff) Stern. He was born on May 21, 1928 in Berlin, where his father was employed as a singing teacher, and his mother as a pianist. Hellmut began playing violin at the age of nine. During the late 1930s, he had his pick of music teachers, since so many Jewish musicians had been forced out of work. In the fall of 1938 Hellmut's parents secured papers to go to Shanghai and booked passage on the Conte Bianco that was departing from Italy. Less than two weeks after Kristallnacht the Stern family left Berlin and made their way to Italy. Soon after their arrival in Shanghai, Hellmut's mother determined they would be better off going to Harbin. The Sterns lived out the war in Harbin and in 1949 immigrated to Palestine, where Hellmut played violin with the Israeli Philharmonic. Later he moved back to Berlin and performed with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra.
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