Jewish Education

A Temporary Haven: Jewish Refugees and Hong Kong (1937-1941)

The rise of Nazism in Europe in the 1930s & ‘40s prompted many Jews to seek refuge elswhere. Some escaped to the United States. A few made the perilous journey to Shanghai. While Shanghai dominates the histories of Jewish refugees in East Asia, this talk focuses on Hong Kong. It sheds light into the role of local Jewish philanthropists, and the subsequent internment and expulsion of German-Jewish refugees.

Instructor Ryan Sun received a Hon. BA in History from the University of Toronto. His undergraduate thesis examined Hong Kong as a site of convergence between British, Chinese, and Jewish refugees,
and the differing humanitarian responses towards these three groups.

Mo Feb 4 7:00-8:30pm 1994
Member $15/ Regular $20