Is­rael presents a mov­ing trib­ute to Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -


Is­rael on Au­gust 26 paid trib­ute to Shang­hai’s ef­forts in help­ing Jewish peo­ple dur­ing World War II with a video ti­tled “Thank you Shang­hai”. The video, which fea­tures Is­raelis from all walks of life com­ing to­gether to raise ban­ners with the words “Thank You” writ­ten in Chi­nese, He­brew and English, was cre­ated by the Gen­eral Con­sulate of Is­rael in Shang­hai.

It pre­miered at the re-open­ing cer­e­mony of the Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum as part of com­mem­o­ra­tions of the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II.

“For us, this year also marks the lib­er­a­tion of the Shang­hai Ghetto,” said Arnon Perl­man, con­sul-gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai.

“Over 20,000 Jews lived here dur­ing World War II. We thought it is our duty to say thank you to the Shang­hainese for be­ing such gra­cious hosts for the Jewish peo­ple in our dark­est hour,” added Perl­man.

The emo­tional short

clip opens with World War II sur­vivors who once took refuge in Shang­hai giv­ing thanks with their fam­i­lies. It also in­cludes a host of other fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing Is­raeli ma­gi­cian Hezi Din, No­bel Prize lau­re­ate Robert J. Au­mann and even Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

Perl­man said that ev­ery­one jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a part of the video and added that the pro­ject or­ga­niz­ers could have cre­ated a four-hour movie due to the over­whelm­ing re­sponse, but de­cided to nar­row it down to just over one minute so as to bet­ter grasp the at­ten­tion of the view­ers.

The video will be sent to Is­raeli con­sulates and em­bassies all around the world while a microsite has also been set up to spread word about it. Na­dav Zysblat, deputy con­sul-gen­eral in Shang­hai, said that peo­ple are en­cour­aged to scan the video’s QR code and share it with their friends.

The video has al­ready gar­nered many re­sponses from view­ers. Some Chi­nese peo­ple have even up­loaded short videos of them­selves hold­ing plac­ards with the words, “You are welcome” in re­sponse to the ef­fort.

“It’s not just a Jewish and Chi­nese story. It’s a story of friend­ship,” said Perl­man, adding that the pur­pose of the movie is to re­mem­ber history and gain a good per­spec­tive of the fu­ture.

“One should never for­get about the past if you want to look into the fu­ture with op­ti­mism. And that’s some­thing which is sim­i­lar both for Chi­nese and Jewish peo­ple.”


Arnon Perl­man, Is­raeli con­sul-gen­eral in Shang­hai, in­tro­duces the "Thank you Shang­hai" movie.

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