17 2015

Portland Jewish Books Event – The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 725 NW Davis
Portland, OR

Contact Sandra Oberdorfer

Film about Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during the Second World War.

The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai is the little-known story of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai presented through the recollections of four former refugees, and a collage of evocative materials: personal and published writings, relief reports, secret documents, rare home movies, photographs, newsreels, and propaganda films. 

After the film we will hold a conversation around experiences in Shanghai, focused on local survivors and their descendants. The museum will also feature a small display of artifacts related to Jewish life in Shanghai. 

Ticket Info: General Public: $10; OJMCHE, IJS, and Havurah Members: $8; Students: $5
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About the Film

In the years between 1938 to 1941 nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, China where most would spend almost a decade in exile. The emigration to Shanghai was, for most refugees, a "last resort" to find a safe have at a time when borders around Europe were closed to the desperate Jews of Europe.

This remarkable archival material reveals a lost world when Shanghai was the Far East's most illustrious city. Extraordinary images of refugees and uncommon views of Chinese life create a compelling vantage point for understanding this story of survival.

Collaboration with Institute for Judaic Studies, Havurah Shalom, and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Sponsor: IJS, Havurah Shalom, OJMCHE