Shanghai to preserve Holocaust refugee stories


China and Israel launched a database of stories of Jewish refugees who fled to China during World War II.

The database, supported by the Israeli and Chinese governments, was launched Friday. It already lists about 600 of the estimated 30,000 Jews who fled to Shanghai and will be housed in the city’s former Ohel Moshe Synagogue.

“The independent State of Israel emerged out of the ashes of the Holocaust and we have the obligation to document and to keep the stories of the past alive for future generations,” Israeli Consul General Uri Gutman at an event marking the launch, according to media reports.

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