UCLA exhibit, symposium highlight China's role in saving Jews from Nazi persecution
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An exhibition and international symposium hosted by Hillel at UCLA will highlight the Shanghai of the 1920s, '30s and '40s and the role China played in helping save more than 20,000 Jewish men, women and children — most of them refugees from Germany and Austria — from Nazi persecution between 1933 and 1941.
The "Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933–1941)" exhibition brings together photos, personal stories and artifacts from Shanghai's Jewish Refugee Museum. The conference, "Cosmopolitan Shanghai," will put this extraordinary exhibition in context, with panels highlighting the music, literature, visual arts and urban culture of the Shanghai of that time, with a focus on the interchange between Chinese and Western elements.
Sponsors include the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, the UCLA Confucius Institute and Hillel at UCLA.
Sunday, Oct. 27
'Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933–1941)'
The exhibition runs from from Oct. 27 to Dec. 14, with an opening celebration at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. It is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The symposiuum runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and features two panels: "Cosmopolitan Sounds and Jewish Music in pre-1949 Shanghai" (11 a.m.) and "Shanghai: Modern Metropolis in Transnational Perspectives" (2 p.m.).
Hillel at UCLA
574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles 90024 (map)
The symposium will feature remarks from dignitaries and several "Shanghailanders" currently living in Los Angeles. Among the speakers:
Consul general of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles
Director of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
UCLA interim vice provost for international studies
Dean of the UCLA Division of Humanities
Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
SPONSORS | SUPPORTERS:
Presented by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Hillel at UCLA and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Co-sponsors include Hillel's Dortort Center for Creativity and the Arts, the UCLA Confucius Institute, the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office of Hongkou District. Additional sponsors are the UCLA Department of History, the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and the UCLA Library, as well as the German Consulate in Los Angeles, the Goldrich Family Foundation, Stephen O. Lesser, the "1939" Club, Facing History and Ourselves, the Natalie Limonick Fund, EDI Media Inc. and The Shanghai Club (USA).
Holly Barnhill Hernandez, UCLA Confucius Institute
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