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Jewish Quarter as UNESCO World Heritage Site‏

Time:2015-07-02 11:54 Source:未知 Writer:cjss read:

Flori Cohen, one of the editors of Igud Yotsei Sin, Association of Former
Residents of China in Israel, posted the following link and article on
Shanghai Wants Jewish Quarter Made UNESCO World Heritage Site
Shanghai is looking to ensure the area where Jewish refugees were
sheltered in WWII becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Shanghai is applying to have the Tilanqiao area of Hongkou District added
to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, according to Xinhua news
An estimated 20,000 Jewish refugees fled the Nazis for Shanghai during the
war, resulting in a vibrant Jewish community.
The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum is working with the Hongkou district
government to complete the application. As part of the application, the
city completed the collecting of the refugee list, data bank, literary,
video and audio material.
Shanghai also has announced plans to rebuild a cafe where Jewish refugees
gathered during their time in the city. The Wiener Cafe Restaurant, opened
in 1939, will be rebuilt using its original blueprints opposite the
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. It was demolished in 2009 to expand the
city subway system.

Today, Jews return in hordes to visit some of the historical Shanghai
spots. A monument stands at Houshan Park in the old Hongkou district and
several of the diplomats who aided in bringing the Jews to Asia have been
named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.
Jewish Shanghai Tours, a local business providing detailed tours of the
city’s Jewish history, takes thousands of travelers through the district
each year.