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Jewish Refugees in Shanghai 犹太难民在上海

Teaching Resources

This page provides teachers with resources to help incorporate the stories of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai into social studies and Chinese language curriculum. The list includes links to museums, curriculum materials, and provides a list of books and films on this topic. If you have any additional resources to add to this list please contact with the information.

Educational Organizations

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum commemorates the time in history when Jewish refugees lived in Shanghai. The physical museum is located at the former site of Ohel Moshe Synagogue, includes two additional exhibition halls and has preserved several historical sites in the area. The Museum developed the traveling exhibit Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941), which will be displayed at the Sabes Jewish Community Center from March 19 through May 7, 2015.

    A Gift of Life Video
    Jewish Refugees of Shanghai: Life in the Ghetto Video

Tolerance Minnesota

Winner of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's “Best Anti-Racism Initiative” and the Anne Frank Center USA's “Spirit of Anne Frank Award,” Tolerance Minnesota is a proven and recognized entity providing diversity education resources for parents and teachers. Programs include:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust and with a mission to inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred and prevent genocide. The Museum's web site provides resources for educators to teach about the Holocaust. Additional articles and artifacts are available by searching their Holocaust Encyclopedia for key words. The museum also provides a Chinese translation of their web site.


Appropriate for K–8

Kacer, K. (2013). Shanghai Escape. Toronto, Canada: Second Story Press.

Sanders, S. (2014). Rachel’s Hope. Toronto, Canada: Second Story Press.

Mones, N. (2015). Night in Shanghai. Boston, Massachusetts: Mariner Books.

Wu, Lin, and Bing Lang. A Jewish Girl in Shanghai. Shanghai: East China Normal UP, 2008. Print.    


Appropriate for High School through Adult

Bacon, U. (2004). Shanghai Dairy: A Young Girl’s Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China. Milwaukie, OR: M Press.

Bacon, U. (2007). Eternal Strangers: A Memoir. Milwaukie, OR: M Press.

Eber, I. (Ed.). (2008). Voices from Shanghai: Jewish Exiles in Wartime China. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Falbaum, B. (Ed.). (2005). Shanghai Remembered...Stories of Jews Who Escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Europe. Royal Oak, MI: Momentum Books.

Finnane, A. (1999). Far from Where? Jewish Journeys from Shanghai to Australia. Carlton Victoria, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Gao, B. (2013). Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Gosline, A.A. (2011). Anya’s War. New York, NY: Feiwel & Friends.

Grebenschikoff, I.B. (1993). Once My Name Was Sara. The Original Seven Publishing Company.

Heppner, E.G. (1995). Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Hochstadt, Steve. Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2012. Print.

Iwry, S. (2004). To Wear the Dust of War : From Bialystok to Shanghai to the Promised Land, an Oral History. L.J.H. Kelley, Ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jacob, E. (2007). The Shanghai I Knew: A Foreign Native in Pre-Revolutionary China. Margate City, NJ: ComteQ Publishing.

Kaplan, V. J. (2004). Ten Green Bottles (book): The True Story of One Family's Journey from War-torn Austria to the Ghettos of Shanghai. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.

Kranzler, D. (1976). Japanese, Nazis and Jews: the Jewish refugee community of Shanghai: 1938-1945. New York, NY: Yeshiva University Press

Krasno, Rena. Strangers Always: A Jewish Family in Wartime China/Yong Yuan De Yi Xiang Ke: Zhan Shi Shanghai De Yi Ge Youtai Jia Ting. Di 1 Ban. ed. Shanghai Shi: Shanghai San Lian Shu Dian, 2007. Print.

Marcus, F. (2008). Survival in Shanghai: The Journals of Fred Marcus 1939-49. Krasno, R. Ed. (A. F. Marcus, Trans.). Berkeley, CA: Pacific View Press.

Ristaino, M. R. (2001). Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai. Chicago, IL: Stanford University Press.

Ross, James R. Escape to Shanghai: A Jewish Community in China/Tao Dao Shang Hai De You Tai Ren. Chu Ban. ed. Tai Bei Shi: Si Lu, 1998. Print.

Sergeant, Harriet. Shanghai: Collision Point of Cultures, 1918-1939. New York: Crown, 1990. Print.

Strobin, D. & Wacs, I. (2011). An Uncommon Journey: From Vienna to Shanghai to America—A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books.

Sutton, C. E. (2014). Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Terra Nova Books.

Tobias, Sigmund. Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1999. Print.

Tokayer, Marvin, and Mary Swartz. The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews during World War II. New York: Paddington, 1979. Print.

Willens, L. (2010). Stateless in Shanghai. London: China Economic Review Publishing Ltd.


Works by Xu Xin, Distinguished Chinese Judaic Scholar


  • The Defiant: A True Story, by Shalom Yoran, (East China Normal University Press, 2005)
  • The American Jew, 1585-1990: A History, by Jacob Rader Marcus (Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2004)
  • Israel 2000 Years: A History of People and Place, ed. by David Arnon (Shandong Picture Publishing House, 2003)
  • Duden Atlas of Jewish History, by Martin Gilbert (Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2000).


  • 徐欣 编《犹太百科全书》上海:上海人民出版社. 1993
  • Xu, X. & Friend, B. (1995). Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • 徐欣 著《反犹主义解析》上海:三联书店. 1996.
  • Xu, X. (1996). Anti-Semitism: How and Why. Shanghai: Shanghai Shanlian Books.
  • 徐新 著《西方文化史》. 北京:北京大学出版社. 2002.
  • Xu, X. (2002). A History of Western Culture. Beijing: Peking University Press.
  • Xu, X. (2003). The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion. Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • 徐欣 著《犹太人的故事》济南:山东画报出版社. 2006.
  • 徐欣 著《犹太文化史》北京:北京大学出版社.2006.
  • Xu, X. (2006). A History of Jewish Culture. Beijing: Peking University Press.
  • 徐新 著《论犹太文化》.广州:世界图书出版公司. 2013.
  • Xu, X. (2013). On Jewish Culture. Guangzhou: World Publication Company Guangdong Branch.

Chinese-Language Materials

汤亚汀 著《上海犹太社区的音乐生活》上海:上海音乐学院. 2007.

唐培吉 著《上海犹太人》上海:上海三联书店1992

潘光 著《一个半世纪以来的上海犹太人》北京:社会科学文献出版社. 2002.

潘光旦著《中国境内犹太人的若干历史问题——开封的中国犹太人》北京:北京大学出版社. 1983.

王建 著《上海犹太人社会生活史》上海:上海辞书出版社. 2008.

饶立华 著《 <上海犹太纪事报>研究》北京:新华出版社. 2003.


The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai. Dir. Joan Grossman & Paul Rosdy. Documentary. Extrafilm, 1998.

“逃往上海” (Escape to Shanghai). Dir. 陈逸飞. Documentary. 1999.

Shanghai Ghetto. Dir. Dana Janklowitz-Mann & Amir Mann. Documentary. Docudrama, 2002. DVD.

Shoshana: A Life Beyond Survival. Dir. Zhao, Q. Documentary. 2006.


Dalò, R. P. (2014). Ye Shanghai. Milano, Italy: SoundOhm.
(Music-visual Performance.

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