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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Phone Number: 021-65126669
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Ranked #9 of 828 Attractions in Shanghai
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, along with two exhibition halls. Volunteers offer informative tours of the museum.
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I brought my MIL there, actually in April 2012, I think, as part of a visit of Hongkou. We walked around the houses where many of the Jewish refugees used to live in and visited the museum. I was fascinated by this bit of history where Shanghai actually gave refuge to Jews that wouldn't be taken in elsewhere in the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visit here to learn of a not-very-well-known history of Shanghai. Thousands of Jewish refugees from Europe found a warm welcome in Shanghai when most of the West couldn't be bothered. The museum is in a synagogue. You'll receive a friendly English-speaking guided tour if you wish. On the top floor is a Concentration Camp display. A walk around the neighborhood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The museum it self is well done. China found many of the refugees and interviewed them for the exhibits. Lots of great stories. This is best done with a tour guide to walk you around the neighborhood and show you the refugee built buildings still in use, and the park that is paid for by other countries as a thank... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

this is a great small museum telling a story of how a town became a sanctuary when chaos ruled the world. Well done

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

One of the things that impressed me was the quote that was on one of the walls by Evelyn Rubin which says how they would be starting a new life in a new city amidst an alien culture and language and it reflects the whole mood of the museum as it is a narration of the lives of the jews... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It is definitely worth to attend. Great Exhibition with a free tour guide. It is opened, I believe, until 5 p.m. You need at least 2 hours, so plan it accordingly. They sell a lot of interesting books you might enjoy.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Shanghai before the WWII was an open city. That means that a visa was not required to have access to Shanghai. 30'000 jews found a safe life thanks to the transit visas given by the Vienna C Ambassador of China. Humanity of the chinese people at its highest point is in this museum. Don't miss it.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The Museum is a bit out of the way, not far from the Dalian Road Metro station, about 10 minutes from Pudong and 20 minutes from People's Square. The Museum is in the location of a former synagogue, and tells the story of how the Chinese Consulate in Vienna approved visas for about 24,000 Jews to emigrate to Shanghai in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

very nice exhibit. They put effort into it....not like Istanbul, which is shameful. The had multi media... I never knew the artist Peter Max was one of the refugees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

I visited Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland early May 2014 and felt very depressing. However, over here I saw remarkable humanitarian aid offerred by the Shanghainese to the Jews. I was not aware of this before my visit. Thanks to those who well preserved the history.

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