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Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

Exhibition in Confucius Institute at Freie Universität / Opening on January 24, 2018

№ 007/2018 from Jan 18, 2018

An exhibition about Jewish refugees who left Germany and other countries during the 1930s and 1940s for Shanghai will open on January 24 at the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin. Sinologist Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Mechthild Leutner from Freie Universität will give an introduction to the topic, and Sonja Mühlberger will report as a witness. The exhibition will include posters in Chinese and English. It will be on display at the Confucius Institute until March 8 and can be viewed during opening hours of the institute. The vernissage on January 24 is public, and admission is free. Advance registration is not required.

"Beginning in 1933 Jews from Germany and later from other countries occupied by the National Socialists started fleeing to Shanghai," says Mechthild Leutner. By the time the escape routes to Shanghai were closed following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, at least 18,000 Jews had sought refuge in Shanghai. The future lives of these refugees were shaped by this time. The curators of the exhibit aimed to portray both individual destinies as well as illustrate larger contexts. The exhibit was organized by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in cooperation with the Confucius Institute in Olomouc (Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Time and Location

  • Vernissage: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
  • Exhibition: January 25, 2018, through March 8, 2018. Opening times: Monday through Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Goßlerstraße 2-4, 14195 Berlin. S-Bahnhof Lichterfelde-West (S1), Bus M48.


Sören Vogler, Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-72881, Email: info@konfuziusinstitut-berlin.de