An Uncommon Journey
From Vienna to Shanghai to America
A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II
By Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs

An Uncommon Journey

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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This November 9-10 marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a wave of state-sponsored anti-Jewish violence in Nazi-controlled areas on November 9th and 10th in 1938 at the dawn of the Holocaust.

Join Vienna-born siblings Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin who witnessed the events of Kristallnacht first hand, learn about the family’s escape to Shanghai, and hear about their ongoing search to find out what happened to the local Nazi SS officer who surprisingly saved them from certain death.

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Thurs. Nov 7:  Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in New York
Art Exhibit and Talk on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

New York Exhibit EXTENDED

Sun. Nov 10:  Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles
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