Shanghai exhibition commemorates Holocaust victims
Wang Siwen

Based on UN resolutions, many countries have annual Holocaust Remembrance activities at the end of January. This year, a special exhibition is being held at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Commemorating the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, cohosted by the United Nations, the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, an exhibition named "After the Holocaust: Displaced Persons and Displaced Persons Camps" has traveled to Shanghai.

Shown at the UN headquarters in New York, the Vienna International Center in Austria and Stockton University in New Jersey, the exhibition makes its 2023 debut at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, which was built in 2007 to tell the stories of Jews who took refuge in Shanghai.

The exhibition provides a review of the history of the Holocaust and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and its aid to Holocaust survivors. It also brings attention to the displaced persons camps and the reconstruction of Holocaust survivors' religious, cultural and daily life.

Chen Jian, the director of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, said, "This UN-cohosted exhibition has included new content provided by Chinese scholars on the involvement of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's relief operation of Jewish refugees in China."

During World War II, Shanghai sheltered about 20,000 European Jewish refugees. 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in China, Vanno Noupech, said, "Jewish refugees here not only manage to survive, they also manage to thrive. They contribute to the local communities. At the end of the conflict, they return home, but they love Shanghai. The way Chinese people offer them, this museum is a good way to remember."

It has forged a strong historical bond between Chinese and Jewish refugees. The museum director said it's committed to continued efforts for world peace and promoting the value of justice.

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