By S. Hochstadt

Of the 400,000 German-speaking Jews that escaped the 3rd Reich, approximately 16,000 ended up in Shanghai, China. This groundbreaking quantity gathers twenty years of interviews with over a hundred former Shanghai refugees. It deals a relocating collective portrait of braveness, tradition surprise, endurance, and enduring desire within the face of unbelievable hardships.

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And when we left, he laughed, it couldn’t happen to him. But a few weeks later all the Jewish people left in Nordhausen were sent to concentration camp. He was three months in Buchenwald, too, not quite three months. So we got him a ticket to overseas, we helped with getting that. He came right with the next ship, I think. We wanted my mother to come before, and she said, she is not going before all her kids are out, that means my younger brother in Nordhausen. Then it was too late for her. She couldn’t get out, you know.

My husband was no danger, he was a very quiet man, you know, no danger. It took me about a week till I knew where he was. I had no idea that something like that could happen. I called my boss, Dr. Schleisner, in Hannover. And he was nice enough to come to Berlin where I was, but he couldn’t do anything, he just explained to me how the situation was, you know, he couldn’t do anything. My husband was very neat and very clean. When he wasn’t shaved, he wasn’t dressed, okay, that was impossible for him.

Papa had left earlier. But we saw him under good terms. It just wasn’t enough to stay together, I guess. It happens. By then it was ’38, and I had been thinking about emigrating and we had written to relatives in the States, distant, distant relatives, who didn’t really care very much. They had loudspeakers in Berlin. Not everybody had a radio in those days, and they had loudspeakers, I guess, to get a better listening rate for Hitler’s speeches, or for whatever propaganda was coming through there.

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