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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+86 21 6512 6669
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two...

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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For me WWII is an area of interest... plus it was a rainy day. Learnt some new things... that china did help Jew immigrants during second ww. And that Jews were here even from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Amitabh G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

For me WWII is an area of interest... plus it was a rainy day. Learnt some new things... that china did help Jew immigrants during second ww. And that Jews were here even from earlier e.g. From Russia during their revolution... etc. Staff is very friendly. It's a small but well maintained museum. Can finish in an hour. Ask for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We knew absolutely nothing of the role China played in saving Jews from the holocaust. The museum is well laid out with good displays explained in both Chinese and English. Upon on arrival a lovely young woman named Scotty informed us there would be a guided tour in English starting in 20 minutes. So we spent some time viewing the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum brings you on a virtual tour through the lives of WWII refugees who had nowhere in the world they could go except China. Mostly Shanghai. Jews have been in Kaifeng, Henan for almost 1000 years, but Shanghai got flooded with them as refugees escaping Europe. They were even denied visas to the US. Thank God China saved them.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressed by the tour guide for explaining the history of the Jewish in Shanghai. Good language command both in Mandarin and English

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to read and view the many stories and displays at the museum. Then peruse the thousands of names on the memorial wall outside. See if you recognize any, as I did the surname of my ancestors. I am pretty sure they were a relative. That Shanghai provided refuge for Jews fleeing Europe during WW II is highly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see, this museum explains aspects and lives of several of the Jews who escaped the Holocaust in Germany and Austria. It is an astounding story that needs to be better known. All texts are in English and Chinese. The synagogue has been carefully restored

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

It was very interesting to get the history of the Jewish experience in Shanghai. A thriving community pre WWII, it is significantly reduced but retains historical flavor and relevance.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Call ahead for hours as they close intermittently. The audio visuals need some maintenance. A lot of upper floor devoted to Anne Frank. The wall of refugees is poignant. The museum does a good job of explaining the role China played in providing Jews refuge during WWII.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

A very informative tour - our guide was very knowledgeable and we came away with a much better idea of how wonderful the Chinese were to the Jewish refugees.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

There is an entrance fee, Do have the guided tour once there which is no extra cost and watch the film. We knew very little about this event in shanghais history, so it was an eye opener to us. Many thousands of Jew were given refuge in shanghai in the later 30's and onwards. The exhibition is well set out... More 

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.
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