Book Description I had no idea that Shanghai became a haven for Jewish people during the war. I cannot imagine how people lived in Shanghai with so many.
I had no idea that Shanghai became a haven for Jewish people during the war. I cannot imagine how people lived in Shanghai with so many hardships but I realize it was better than dying during the Holocaust.
In this exotic sanctuary, Sigmund Tobias grew from a six-year-old child to an adolescent. Tobias's coming-of-age story unfolds within his descriptions of Jewish life in Shanghai. Depleted by disease and hunger, constantly struggling with primitive and crowded conditions, the refugees faced shortages of food, clothing, and medicine
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In the wake of Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938, Sigmund Tobias and his parents left their home in Berlin and made plans to flee a Germany that was becoming increasingly dangerous for them. Like many European Jews, they faced the impossibility of obtaining visas to enter any other country in Europe or almost anywhere else in the world. Apr 16, 2009 Carmen rated it really liked it. Shelves: world-history.
Sigmund Tobias, author of the memoir Strange Haven, remembers his childhood days in Germany where he. .Tobias was six. Tobias’ well-written memoir describes their new world in China. People ate with chopsticks, and there was one toilet for seven families in their shelter.
Sigmund Tobias, author of the memoir Strange Haven, remembers his childhood days in Germany where he was cursed, spit upon, and pelted with garbage and rocks. He remembers Kristallnacht and the trauma of seeing the charred and burned handles of the sacred Torah scroll. He describes his schooling at the Kadoorie School and the Mir Yeshiva, and how his faith was shaken by the yeshiva’s greed and self-interest. I cannot imagine how people lived . Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. It just shows you how much you can endure when you absolutely have to do so. This book is very informative in dealing with how the Chinese people contributed to the survival of so many Jewish people.
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Seventeen thousand Jewish refugees flocked to Hongkew, a section of Shanghai ruled by the Japanese, and they created an active community that continued to exist through the end of the war.
Tobias was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish parents
Tobias was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish parents. After the pogrom of November 10, 1938, his father unsuccessfully tried to escape to Belgium and was taken to Dachau concentration camp. Shanghai, at that time, was partially occupied by Japan and comprised an "International Settlement" and a "French Concession" under the jurisdiction of the Shanghai Municipal Council. The author writes that the book was stimulated by his return to China as a visiting professor in 1988, and he compares Shanghai with the city of his memories 40 years before.
Shanghai is a funny place. It can mean one thing for one person, and something entirely different for another – which may explain why so many people have written and published books about their personal experiences here. Shanghai’s varied, and at times traumatic past has shaped countless generations, and there are many books out there that testify to that.
However, Tobias work is a memoir of his personal experience and merely describes the Jewish situation in Shanghai, rather than analyze it. Marcia Reynders Ristainos Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai stands in contrast to most other literature regarding Shanghais Jewish community, as Ristaino focuses much more on the politics of the refugees situation.