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Jewish Culture in Shanghai

By Lydia, October 2012

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If you were to go back in time to the early 1900s and walk certain sections of Shanghai, you’d likely see kosher butcher shops in place of noodle stands and newspapers and signage printed in German, Yiddish and Polish. Two major waves of Jewish immigrants arrived in Shanghai over the years: the first arriving in the early 1900s to take advantage of economic opportunities and the second during World War II, as refugees from Hitler’s Nazis. Shanghai was one of the few cities in the world that freely welcomed fleeing Jews and some scholars believe the city was responsible for saving more of them than the entire Commonwealth.

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