Voices from Shanghai: Jewish Exiles in Wartime China (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2009 - History - 144 pages
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When Hitler came to power and the German army began to sweep through Europe, almost 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai. A remarkable collection of the letters, diary entries, poems, and short stories composed by these refugees in the years after they landed in China, Voices from Shanghai fills a gap in our historical understanding of what happened to so many Jews who were forced to board the first ship bound for anywhere.
            Once they arrived, the refugees learned to navigate the various languages, belief systems, and ethnic traditions they encountered in an already booming international city, and faced challenges within their own community based on disparities in socioeconomic status, levels of religious observance, urban or rural origin, and philosophical differences. Recovered from archives, private collections, and now-defunct newspapers, these fascinating accounts make their English-languge debut in this volume. A rich new take on Holocaust literature, Voices from Shanghai reveals how refugees attempted to pursue a life of creativity despite the hardships of exile.  
  

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Contents

introduction
1
Meylekh Ravitch A Rickshaw Coolie Dies on a Shanghai Dawn1935
29
Annie F Witting Letter 1939
33
Alfred Friedlaender Prologue 1939
38
Egon Varro Well That Too Is Shanghai 1939
42
W Y Tonn Peculiar Shanghai 1940
45
Annie F Witting Letter 1940
49
Lotte Margot The Chinese Woman Dances 1940
56
Karl Heinz Wolff The Diligent Mason 1942
82
Hermann Goldfarb Wandering 1942
85
Jacob H Fishman Miniatures 1942
87
Yosl Mlotek A Letter 1943
89
Yehoshua Rapoport Diary excerpts 19411943
91
Anonymous Pins Not for Me 1944
96
Yoni Fayn A Poem About Shanghai Ghetto 1945
98
Herbert Zernik A Monkey Turned Human 1945
104

E Simkhoni Three Countries Spat Me Out 1941
59
Kurt Lewin More Light 1941
62
Yehoshua Rapoport And So It Begins 1941
65
Yosl Mlotek The Lament of My Mother 1941
70
E Simkhoni My God My God Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me 1942
73
Mordechai Rotenberg Sun in a Net 1942
75
Yosl Mlotek Shanghai 1942
78
Diary of a Jewish Actress excerpts 19411945
107
Kurt Lewin The Weekly Salad 1946
119
Jacob H Fishman A Wedding 1947
121
acknowledgments
131
notes
133
index of names
141
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About the author (2009)

Irene Eber is the Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian Studies Emeritus at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of many books, including a memoir entitled The Choice: Poland, 1939–1945.    

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