Shanghai Diary

Shanghai Diary

Book - 2002
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Shanghai, China--once called the "armpit of the world"--was the port of last resort for thousands of Jews escaping from Adolph Hitler's extermination pogrom in Europe. Now, a survivor of the Japanese occupation of Shanghai in World War II tells her remarkable, touching story of growing to maturity in the teeming clutter and clamor of crowded streets, screeching vendors, a miasma of running sewage, discarded newborn girl babies, dripping humidity and pestilence-breeding rats. Between tears and laughter, she relates how she and her parents learned to live by their wits, overcome despair and value life more dearly because danger and death were always so near. The SHANGHAI DIARY is not only the story of 18,000 European Jews in exile, it is an affirmation of the strength of the human spirit. A document of courage, strength and human resilience, the SHANGHAI DIARY is a book for all times.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Milestone Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9781883697617
1883697611
Branch Call Number: 921 B129
Characteristics: 261 p.

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Apr 17, 2016

I started reading the book thinking it was historical fiction. But is very much a true story. It is a little known story about how during WWII, some Jewish people fled to Shanghai and their trials and tribulations. But even more it is a story of strength, fortitude, appreciating each day (not dwelling on what is but concentrate what is to be!) and most especially forgiveness. Well worth the read.

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