Plight of Jewish refugees captured on film
A special exhibit that details the flight of thousands of Jewish refugees is capturing attention in Harrison.
The photo gallery at the Jewish Community Center tells the story of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled to the safe haven of Shanghai to escape the horrors of the Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s.
It was a time when few countries, including the United States, would admit Jewish refugees.
A former Shanghai ghetto resident spoke of the need to welcome refugees today. "When the Jews were fleeing Germany and the doors were closed to the rest of the world. Had they opened them a little, even raised the quotas a little, more Jews would have been saved," says Ellen Chaim Kracko.
The photo exhibit from the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum will be on display in Harrison for a week.