Vidéo crée par le Consulat Général d'Israël à Shangaï en remerciements, pour les 20 000 Juifs qui ont pu y trouver refuge durant la guerre alors que toutes les portes leur étaient fermées. Rappelons que Shangaï se trouvait sous occupation japonaise, c'est un des paradoxes de cette guerre si complexe où des alliés des nazis ont réussi à protéger des Juifs. Les nazis avaient le projet de créer un camp de concentration à Shangaï mais les Japonais prévoyant l'issu de la guerre, ont refusé de le mettre en place.
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Film en anglais : Shangaï Ghetto
During the Second World War, over 20,000 Jews who fled Nazi occupied Europe found shelter in Shanghai.
TODAY ISRAEL SAYS THANKS.
Shanghai was at that time an ‘open port’ and a place where Jews could find refuge and safe haven. Shanghai was one of the only places in the world that opened its gates for Jewish refugees.
The Jews who arrived in shanghai came from various countries, from all ages and from different backgrounds. The Jewish refugees resided mainly in the Hongkou District.
The Jewish refugees lived peacefully and in friendship with their Chinese neighbors. Together they went through the war ordeals but also shared various happy events.
The Jews and Chinese invited each other to family celebrations and assisting each other in tragedies.
The Jewish refugees did their best to enrich their communal life and their surroundings. The Jewish refugees opened communal schools, synagogues, theaters, and coffee shops. They also started a newspaper and established various sports teams.
At the end of the war, most Jews left China and immigrated to Israel, the U.S and Australia. Among the Jewish refugees in Shanghai are notable people such as former U.S Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal, renowned businessman Shaul Eisenberg and composer Otto Joachim.
The story of the film
This year, marking 70 years to the end of the Second World War, the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai has created this film as a symbol of friendship and cooperation.
The consul General of Israel in Shanghai, Mr. Arnon Perlman, former head of media and communication division at the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and personal chief advisor to former Prime Minister Sharon stated about the film:
“This film is a token of appreciation to Shanghai and to the Chinese people from the people of Israel. The Israeli people will never forget how the Chinese people came to
our help during our darkest hour. It is here, in Shanghai, where Jewish refugees could find shelter from the Nazi regime. It was here, in Shanghai, where Jewish refugees were received in open arms by the Chinese people. It is only logical that we should express our gratitude. We created this film in hope that as many people in China and around the world can see it and feel our deepest wishes of gratitude to them. We sincerely hope that this film will help to strengthen the friendship between our two nations. This is a friendship that was forged not only at good times but also at the Jewish people’s hardest hour, the holocaust.”
In the film Israelis are saying thank you to Shanghai and are thankful to the Chinese people for their friendship and hospitality during our darkest hour. The participants in the film are all holding signs saying “Thank You” in one of 3 languages: Chinese, Hebrew and English. The film was taken in Israel, and portrays its beautiful scenery along with the people in it.
Israeli Prime Minister, H.E Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu personally expresses his gratitude in the film.
Among the Israelis who are featured in the video are former refugees who grew up in Shanghai, Mayor of Haifa (sister city to Shanghai) H.E Mr. Yona Yahav, Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Robert J. (Yisrael) Aumann, high tech professionals, famous magician Hezi Din, students and artists.