Doublewood: Some Not-So-Forgotten History
Recently, the Israel Ministry Of Foreign Affairs took time out to prepare a special note of thanks to Shanghai for providing sanctuary to some of the Jewish people during WWII:
Actually the number was far more than 20,000 (which was just one santuary in Shanghai). If you include other cities such as Harbin, the Jewish diaspora had found santuary among the Chinese in previous exodus in even more significant numbers.
Recently, probably due to the advent of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, there are a good number of remembrances of the great friendships between the two peoples, brought out in documentaries, books, exhibitions and warm reunions. It is very important.
A much more detailed documentation of the special bond between the two peoples is compiled by an American banker-cum-journalist Robert Lawrence Kuhn:
Those who study Chinese history in some depth would also note that Jewish communities thrived in the old city of Kaifeng during the 11th to 12th centuries. A recent documentary in China unravelled what happened to them and their descendants — they had been immersed in the Chinese melting pot, mixed with other Chinese, taking on Chinese surnames (some actually bearing Jewish derivatives) and donning Chinese facial and other physical features. In short, we cannot tell whom we could have had in ourselves, very possibly each other.
With that uplifting note,