This multi-branch exhibition includes images and ephemera of European Jews who were displaced during the war, films and lectures about their time in China, and a discussion about their eventual emigration to the United States.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, he issued a series of anti-Semitic decrees, depriving Jews of their civil rights. With the outbreak of WWII, many Jews chose to flee their hometowns, and a considerable number of them took refuge in Shanghai, China—a city they could travel to without a visa. Around that same time, students from the Mir Yeshiva in Vilna, Lithuania, also made their way to East Asia to escape the Nazi regime, setting up yeshivas in their new home. Many of these students—and their families—emigrated to Brooklyn, NY, following Japan’s surrender in 1945.

Exhibition Dates & Locations

March 4 - April 12

Borough Park Library
1265 43rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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March 4 - April 12

Mapleton Library
1702 60th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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March 11 - May 10

Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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April 22 - May 31

Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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This exhibit is put on in collaboration with the Amud Aish Memorial Musuem and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

Upcoming Events

Documentary Film: Above the Drowning Sea

Thu, Mar 21   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Borough Park Library

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This documentary is the epic story of the dramatic escape of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees, on the eve of WW II, from Vienna to Shanghai.

Documentary Film: Above the Drowning Sea

Thu, Mar 28   3:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Mapleton, Basement Auditorium

bklyn incubator Jewish Refugees Exhibit

This documentary is the epic story of the dramatic escape of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees, on the eve of WW II, from Vienna to Shanghai.

Closed Doors: The Escape of European Jewry to Far East Asia

Tue, Apr 2   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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An overview of the closed-door policies of nations around the world to Jewish European refugees trying to escape Europe from 1938 to 1942. With Dr. Henri Lustiger Thaler (Ramapo College of New...

The Jewish People in Harbin During WWII

Thu, Apr 4   3:30 pm to 4:30 pm   Mapleton Library

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Tiger Wang, Senior Librarian at BPL's Central Library, leads a discussion on how Jewish people went to Harbin as refugees, and what contributions they made to their new communities.

Documentary Film: Survival in Shanghai

Thu, Apr 4   5:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Kensington Library

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Produced by Shanghai Mass Media Group, this documentary tells the extraordinary stories of Jewish refugees in China during WWII. 

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