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Exhibit shows wartime link between Chinese and Jewish peoples

Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust features photographs and documents in English and Chinese.  -
Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust features photographs and documents in English and Chinese.
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Shanghai was once a place of refuge for thousands of Jews—a little known wartime story documented in a new exhibit at Britannia Shipyards.

Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust is produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and features photographs and documents in English and Chinese. The exhibit, which opened Wednesday, coincides with Asian Heritage Month.

From 1938 to 1940, more than 18,000 Jews escaped Nazi-occupied Europe to Shanghai, China including more than 50 families that eventually made Vancouver their home.

These refugees escaped the Holocaust, which eventually claimed the lives of six million Jews, but couldn't easily find a place to escape to. They were denied entry into most countries, according to exhibit organizers, but the Shanghai port was one of the few places stateless Jews could disembark without passports or visas.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is sponsoring the exhibit "to pay tribute to the special relationship between the Chinese and Jewish communities—two peoples who continue to share common values and make meaningful contributions to our society," according to a news release.

Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust

•An exhibition of photographs and documents in the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyards, 5180 Westwater Dr.; on until July 31

•Open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free admission

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