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Shanghai refuge : a memoir of the World War II Jewish ghetto

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Shanghai refuge : a memoir of the World War II Jewish ghetto
Call No: 951.13 H52s

Call Number951.13 H52s
Dates©1993
Statement of ResponsibilityErnest G. Heppner.
Creators & ContributorsHeppner, Ernest G. (author)
Heppner, Ernest G. (subject)
Summary
The unlikely refuge of Shanghai, the only city in the world that did not require a visa, was buffeted by the struggle between European imperialism, Japanese aggression, and Chinese nationalism. Ernest G. Heppner's testimony is an account of this little-known haven. The devastation of Kristallnacht in November 1938 introduced a new level of Nazi horror and ended his comfortable world overnight. Heppner and his mother used the family's resources to escape to Shanghai. Heppner was taken aback by experiences on the ocean liner that transported the refugees to Shanghai, he resented the edicts against Jewish passengers disembarking in any ports on the way, and he was unprepared for the poverty and cultural dislocation of the great city of Shanghai. Nevertheless, Heppner was self-reliant, energetic, and clever, and his story of finding niches for his skills that enabled him to survive in a precarious fashion is a tribute to human endurance. In 1945, after the liberation of China, Heppner found a responsible position with the American forces there. He and his wife, whom he had met and married in the ghetto, arrived in the United States in 1947 with only eleven dollars but boundless hope and energy. Adapted from Publisher description
Contents
  • Map of pre-World War II Shanghai
  • Part I. Germany: the 1930s
    • Under the Nazi boot
    • The November pogrom
    • "Get rid of the Jews!"
  • Part II. Shanghai: the temporary haven
    • A strange and alien world
    • Now what?
    • Of toys, books, and angels
    • Illo
    • Of scouts, soldiers, and deadly games
    • Survival
    • War in the Pacific
    • The ghetto
    • "Let's get married!"
    • B-29s overhead
    • Peace and gold dollars
  • Part III. Nanjing: with the Americans
    • The Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group
    • Going "home"
  • Part IV. America: a home at last
    • Greenhorn in New York
    • "The wretched refuse..."
  • In retrospect
Physical Description xvi, 191 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLincoln : University of Nebraska Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages [183]–186) and index