Shanghai is applying to have the neighborhood that sheltered around 20,000 Jewish refugees during WWII inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
It’s estimated that up to 23,000 Jews who escaped Nazi persecution fled to Shanghai, which didn’t require entry visas. Many of them lived in the Tilanqiao area of Hongkou district, according to Xinhua.
The Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum, which stands at the former site of the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, completed collation of the refugee list, data bank, literary video and audio material to go forward with the application.
The city has also announced plans to rebuild the Wiener Cafe Restaurant, a popular gathering spot for refugees living in the city at the time. The cafe, which was demolished in 2009 to make way for subway expansion, will be rebuilt across from the Jewish Refugee Museum on Changyang Road using original blue prints from 1939.
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