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How Shanghai ‘Rescued’ 20,000 European Jews During the Holocaust

Sunday, June 13, 9:00-10:30 am

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During this seminar, Professor Fred Lazin will share with us the story of how European Jews found refuge in Shanghai, China during the late 1930s. During World War II, the Japanese placed them in a “ghetto.” Most survived and then left for the United States, Australia, Europe and Israel. The focus of this remarkable story is on aid provided by the local Baghdadi & Russian Jews, theAmerican Joint Distribution Committee, and the United Nations.

Professor Fred Lazin joined the faculty at Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Israel in 1975. At BGU, he chaired the Department of Politics and Government and directed the Hubert H. Humphrey Center of Social Ecology and the Overseas Student Program (OSP). During his career, in addition to authoring dozens of scholarly articles and books. Following retirement from BGU in 2010, Professor Lazin served as a Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at American University. He served as a Visiting Scholar at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU from 2012-2016. In 2018, he was a Fudan Fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai China. In the summer of 2017 he taught a course on Israeli identity at Henan University in Kaifeng, China. And, in 2019, Professor Lazin joined the International Advisory Board, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum,

Shanghai, China.

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