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In Search of a Jewish Story in China

October 21, 2021 | 6:30pm CDT

On-Site & Virtual

The “Jewish story” is traditionally considered to be an “endless chain of persecutions, from century to century, from country to country.” However, the history of Jews in China is divided into two unique narratives: Jews in China and Jews of China.

Join historian and art & travel writer Irene Shaland as she takes us on a fascinating expedition through 2,000 years of history to explain why the Jewish population in China nearly disappeared and the ways in which their experiences overlap with those of Jews in Europe and America. Shaland will also impart lessons from the history of Chinese Jews and provide context for how the Japanese-occupied port city of Shanghai became a safe haven for thousands of European Jews during World War II.

Reservations are required. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

***Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be encouraged at the on-site program.***


Non-Members: Museum Admission; Members: Free


Non-Members: $5.00; Members: Free

Community Partner: Selfhelp Home

Presenting Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsors:

Michelle & Mark Grossmann & Family
Mayor Richard M. Daley & Family
David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional Funders:

Joy and David Grossmann Family Gift Fund
Novack and Macey LLP
Cabrera Capital Markets
Andrea & Bruce Brown, in memory of Shanghai Ghetto resident Siegmund Kupferberg
Government of R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Richard & Linda Price
Michael Marchese
Golder Family Foundation

Media Partners:

Community Partners: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago; Chinese American Museum of Chicago; Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute; Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community; Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust is presented in partnership with the Arthur Rothstein Legacy Project. All photos by Arthur Rothstein, Shanghai, China, 1946.

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