Erich Jacobsohn and Ilse Ludomer both fled Germany at different times in 1939 and arrived in Shanghai, where they joined some 18,000 other Jews in the last place on earth that would let them in. Their experiences as refugees, first in Shanghai and then again in America, resonate today. This talk will explore why they and other Jews left, why many didn't, what kinds of conditions they lived in, how they coped and how they found happiness amid hardship and losses. Aileen Jacobson, born in Shanghai as a refugee, is an award-winning journalist who worked at the Washington Post and at Newsday before becoming a frequent contributor to the New York Times. She is an author of "The Secret History of the Jews From Shanghai" on the New York Time."
BKLYN Incubator is supported by generous funding provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation and Robin K. and Jay L. Lewis.