Shanghai unveils memorial to Jewish refugees

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A memorial to the more than 13,700 Jews who fled Europe to safety in Shanghai during the Holocaust was unveiled at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

The memorial was unveiled Tuesday in a public ceremony, according to local news reports. It includes a statue of six Jewish refugees, symbolizing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, and a 110-foot-long copper wall inscribed with the names of the Jewish people known to have taken refuge in Shanghai.

Museum curator Chen Jian calls it “Shanghai’s List” — nod to Steven Spielberg’s iconic film “Schindler’s List” — the Shanghai Daily reported.

The names were collected by the museum with help from surviving refugees and the Israeli consulate in Shanghai, according to the newspaper.

The museum, which opened in 2007, is constructed on the former site of the Ohel Moshe Synagogue.

Thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania arrived in Shanghai by sea and by train.