On a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, Deborah Strobin and her brother Ilie Wacs came face to face with their painful past as refugees in Shanghai's Jewish ghetto. There, hanging on the Museum's wall, they were shocked to discover photos of Deborah as a five-year-old posing for Japanese war propaganda.
During a brief period, 1938-1945, China was a haven to some 18,000 Jewish refugees primarily from Nazi Germany and Nazi Austria.
While the rest of the civilized world deplored the persecution of the Jews, it kept its doors locked.
Shanghai was the exception. It was the only place on earth that accepted Jewish refugees without any restrictions. All that was needed was passage on a ship to China.
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