This presentation will feature the 18,000 European Jews who escaped the Nazis and went to Shanghai. There they survived World War II and left soon after 1945 to scatter around the world. Dr. Hochstadt will give the basic history of this stream of refugees, and then explain what he thinks it tells us about the Holocaust, about Jews across the world, about the refugees themselves, and about the Chinese and Japanese.
Steve Hochstadt is emeritus professor of history at Illinois College, after teaching there 2006-2016, and at Bates College in Maine 1979-2006. Interviews with former Jewish refugees who went to Shanghai are the basis for his two books: “Shanghai-Geschichten: Die jüdische Flucht nach China” (2007), and “Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich” (2012). He is the treasurer of the Sino-Judaic Institute, a pioneer in the scholarship of and support for Chinese-Jewish relations for the past 30 years.