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“Wonderful experience”

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
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Tour of Jewish Shanghai led by a Jewish History Expert
Ranked #18 of 1,318 things to do in Shanghai
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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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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Unlucky enough to visit the museum on free Saturday, hundreds of Chinese were in line, went to desk and asked for tickets, they asked if we were Jewish, upon our positive reply an excellent English speaking guide was provided, he privately took us and explained every detail of the small museum, then we walked the neighborhood and park. A heartfelt morning in Shanghai, so glad we decided to visit.

Visited May 2013
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“A fabulous and nearly-forgotten bit of history”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

The old Jewish Quarter won't take you too long to visit, but well worth it; the surrounding neighborhood has some interesting houses and parks to see, finishing in the museum that was an old synagogue. It is remarkable to see the evidence of how the old international settlement leaders in Shanghai accepted tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from Europe on the eve of WWII when most of the rest of the world would not. The displays are terrific, especially the display on the recent reunion where so many children who had been in Shanghai came back to visit in 2006. The volunteer staff are friendly, charming and very welcoming -- everyone seems proud of both the museum and the history it represents, and they should be.

Visited May 2013
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Beijing, China
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“More heart touching moment! Very meaningful visit!”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I am a tour guide working in China for 10 years. I have got so many jewish passengers visiting there before. They all tell me it is a very meaningful visit to remind the history. The volunteer English-speaking guide shared a lot of stories with them are heart-touching. You need to plan a visit with them before you come. Here is the contact: Address: 62 Changyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200082, China
Tel: 0086-021-65126669
Email: shdfao@163.com
Fax: 0086-021-65371238
Website: http://www.shanghaijews.org.cn
If you need more travel information and advice, you can watch my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/weishanshan8

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the Museum which is housed in a former Synagogue and other buildings. It is beautifully maintained and free tours are conducted by volunteer local guides. Our guide also showed us an area known as "Little Vienna" and a beautiful park. Of particular interest was the stories and photos of individual people and their families, their life in Shanghai, and their life later. There was also photos and stories of what was termed the "Rickshaw Reunion" in 2010. We went to the area on the Metro, but walked back to The Bund enjoying the atmosphere and buildings on our walk. Thoroughly recommended.

Visited April 2013
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“Shanghai Helped Jews in WWII”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

A shining spot in the horror of the Holocaust was the extraordinary help provided by Shanghai-ans during WWII to thousands of Jews from Germany and other countries. The exhibit is in a former simple synagogue and has English-speaking guides. There is a video and Holocaust history. Shanghai helped the Jews beginning in the 30s, while other countries, including the U.S., ignored what the Nazis were doing to persecute them.

Visited May 2013
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