Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum is located at the Changyang Road in the district of Hongkou. It was built in the memory of the jewish refugees who sought sanctuary from massacre during the world War II. It is placed in the former Ohel Mosche Synagogue. It is the place where the Jewish refugees gathered for the religious activities. This museum has many scorlls as well as other cultural relics.
The prototype of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue was built in 1927 It was previously the headquarters of the Jewish Youth Organization in the from year 1937 to 1941. Shanghai has over 25 thousand Jewish refugees and it is the only metropolic in the world who have welcomed Jews as refugee. The number of Jewish refugees that is taken by this city equals the number in total taken by New Zeland, Australia, India, Canada and South Africa. Ohel Moshe Synagogue has now become a synonym for refuge or rescue.
The jews enjoyed a peaceful and free life at the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. In between the end of World War II and 1960 most of them left china and migrated to the other parts of the world. But, their life in shanghai has been memorable and that is why they consider this city as their second hometown and thus call themselves “Shanghai Jews”.
The Jews lived a free and peaceful life around the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Between the end of the Second World War II and 1960’s, many left China and emigrated to all parts of the world one after another. But the life in Shanghai was so memorable, and they considered the city as their second hometown and called themselves “Shanghai Jews”.
In 1986’s autumn, a group of Jews revisited this place who had taken refuge earlier in Shanghai. After feeling the immense gratitude for the local people’s help, they have presented a plaque to the Hongkou District’s people’s Government inscribed that twenty thousand Jewish refugees have been survived in Shanghai during the World War II. They have dedicated this plaque to the all the survives and the friendly Chinese people.
Since then the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue has been approved for becoming the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. It has been visited by many distinguished personalities. It has been declared as the historical building and protected cultural relic site by the Government of Shanghai. It has been re-innovated with beautiful decorations and furnishings.