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Strange Haven: A JEWISH CHILDHOOD IN WARTIME SHANGHAI Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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There are many surprises for anyone who doesn't know the details of Hitler's Germany. Prior to 1940, Jews sent to concentration camps were released if they could prove that they would leave Germany. Jews did not need passports or visas to enter Japanese controlled China. The Japanese respected Jewish history and had difficulty accepting the Nazi propaganda. Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul-general in Kovno, Lithuania, who made possible the escape of many Polish Jews to Shanghai, returned to Japan to live the post war years in dishonor for defying orders.
At its core this well written book describes the coming of maturity of a sensitive Jewish boy and his unique education in Jewish schools and the Mirer Yeshiva in Shanghai. Tobias avoids cliché and appears to deliver an accurate description of a unique personal story of World War II and its aftermath.
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Very well done. Fantastic look into a relatively unknown aspect of history.Published 9 months ago by Mary Teagarden
This is an interesting personal story about a boy who lived in Shanghai while pursuing a religious education in a Yeshiva that was built there. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Samantha Morse