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Shanghai unveils memorial for WWII Jewish refugees

(JNS.org) The Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum unveiled a memorial dedicated to the 13,732 Jewish refugees who fled to the Chinese city during World War II. A depiction of six Jewish people, the statue symbolizes the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, said its creator, Chinese-American artist He Ning. The statue is etched into a wall with the names of all the Jews known to have taken refuge in Shanghai during the war. “The list is particularly meaningful. All of [the refugees] survived harsh days in the war and sheltered in Shanghai,” said 75-year-old Sonja Muehlberger, a German activist who was born into a Jewish family in Shanghai in 1939, Xinhua reported. “Shanghai was the only place in the world open to Jewish refugees. We will never forget the city,” Sonja added.

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