Jewish Heritage and Old Architecture of Shanghai
Jewish Heritage and Old
Architecture of Shanghai
Delve into Shanghai’s fascinating Jewish heritage with a visit to the Jewish
Refugees Museum, a well-preserved historic site that once served as a
synagogue and a sanctuary for German Jews who fled to Shanghai.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Back in the 1930s, at the beginning of World War Two, thousands of German Jews escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to Shanghai, making the city the Oriental ‘Noah’s Ark’. At a time when few countries were welcoming, Shanghai opened its door to these displaced people. Gradually, with support from the locals, Jewish refugees began to create lives in their new country, and before long the Hongkou area became known as ‘Little Vienna’ due to the number of Jewish-owned businesses.
The Tilanqiao area in Hongkou is a well-preserved historic area that reflects the life of Jewish refugees. This is also the home of the weathered Ohel Moshe Synagogue that became a sanctuary for the refugees. It is now the Jewish Refugees Museum and commemorates this unique phase of history.
09:00 - 13:00
From your hotel, set off with your guide on this half-day historical tour that delves into Shanghai’s fascinating Jewish heritage. Head to the Jewish Refugees Museum founded on the site of the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Built by Russian Jews at the beginning of the 20th century, this synagogue lies at the heart of the 1940s Jewish ghetto.
The museum commemorates Jewish refugees who lived in Shanghai after fleeing Europe to escape the Holocaust during the Second World War. While the downstairs area remains a place of worship, the upper floors are devoted to exhibition space and a screening area that runs films about the Jewish experience in Shanghai. View artefacts that are not only dedicated to the refugees but also to the Chinese who took these people in. Wander through an array of exhibits documenting the lives of the immigrants who fled to the city.
After leaving the museum, spend some time exploring the surrounding area and other famous landmarks, including the Moller Villa and the Fairmont Peace Hotel before returning to the hotel.