Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum to start ex­pan­sion

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY -

Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum is ex­pected to start its ex­pan­sion project later this year af­ter recently re­ceiv­ing govern­ment ap­proval for its plan.

The ex­pan­sion will help dis­play more his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als and bet­ter in­tro­duce the his­tory of Jewish refugees in Shang­hai dur­ing WWII, said Chen Jian, cu­ra­tor of the Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum.

The ex­pan­sion is sched­uled to be fin­ished in 2020, said Chen. The mu­seum will con­tinue to col­lect more his­tor­i­cal items re­lated to the part of wartime his­tory. It has com­pleted col­la­tion of the refugee list, data bank, oral ac­counts, video and au­dio ma­te­ri­als.

Cur­rently, it has over 600 pieces of his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing wed­ding dresses and toys used by Jewish refugees dur­ing their wartime so­journ in the city, Chen said.

The mu­seum, based on the for­mer site of Ohel Moshe Syn­a­gogue, was first opened to the pub­lic in 2007.

Shang­hai also plans to ap­ply for the Ti­lan­qiao neigh­bor­hood that shel­tered Jewish refugees dur­ing WWII to be in­scribed on the UNESCO Mem­ory of the World Regis­ter.

Shang­hai ac­com­mo­dated about 20,000 Jewish refugees flee­ing from Nazi per­se­cu­tion. Many of them lived in the Ti­lan­qiao area of Hongkou dis­trict.

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