Daniel Kalla, author of the books "The Far Side of the Sky" and "Rising Sun, Falling Shadow" paints for us a picture of Jewish community life in wartime Shanghai.
Seeking refuge from the persecution unfolding at home, European Jews sought refuge wherever they could. Remarkably, Japanese-occupied Shanghai emerged as an option. Where there had been 26 families before 1933, by just a decade later, their population had ballooned to 18,000.
"Embassies were closing their doors all over, and countries, including the United States, were closing their borders... It started as a rumor in Vienna. 'There's a place you can go where you don't need a visa. They have free entry.' It just spread like fire and whoever could went for it." - Dana Janklowicz-Mann
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