Appeared overcast. A good day to follow the life of Jews in Shanghai.
We have already seen evidence of the first wave of Jewish immigration to Shanghai, those seeking business and development opportunities who arrived after the opening of China's ports and markets to the West in 1844. About 700 Sephardim (including the families of the Sassoons, Hardoons, and Kadooris) came from Baghdad, Spain, Portugal, and India to build hotels, hospitals, synagogues, and mansions; being responsible for some of Shanghai's finest architecture.
To review, this is the former Sassoon House/Peace Hotel:
The third wave consisted of Ashkenasi Jews or European Jews who started arriving in 1933 and 1934 when Hitler came into power. After Kristallnacht in 1938, another group arrived from mostly Germany and Austria, and a final large group came from Poland when Germany attacked in 1939.
During 1937 to 1941, Shanghai, as the only metropolis willing to accept stateless refugees, received 25,000 Jewish refugees.
Houshan Park, where Jewish families once came to relax and socialize, there is a memorial tablet in commemoration of the "Designated Area for Stateless Refugees."
Even before the area became the ghetto, this was where much of the Jewish population lived on Houshan Road:
Also a dragon menorah:
Brynne by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum door:
Former site of the largest Jewish Refugee Shelter, housing 1,000 people during WWII:
More local housing:
Sunday, June 26, 2011
To continue our Jewish theme, we went to Haya's Bagels for brunch. Apparently owned by Israelis, they have a wonderful Mediterranean bakery and restaurant on Dagu Road.
After eating, we meant to continue to The Bund, but the weather was iffy. Followed Dagu Road to People's Square, with sculpture along the way:
Brynne's first view of Kent's office building:
Yue/axe with inlaid pattern (looks like turquoise inlay):
Jue/wine vessel for pouring into a cup, with tubular spout:
Jue with animal mask design:
Fu Yi Gong/wine containing vessel in the shape of an animal:
Flat-legged Ding/pot to cook meat, with dragon design:
Fu Wu Fang Yi/square wine containing vessel:
Gui/container for cooked grain, with phoenix design:
Jia Gui with spikes:
Ya Xu Nao/percussion instrument:
Pan/washing basin, of Zi Zhong Jiang:
Shan She Hu Fu/container for cooked grain:
Dui/container for cooked grain, with inlaid geometric pattern:
Brynne and Kent with the Da Ke Ding:
Ox-shaped Zun/large wine containing vessel:
He/water container for mixing with wine, with dragon spout and animal mask design:
Cowrie container with 8 yaks:
Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 8 CE).
Monday, June 27, 2011
Brynne and I stopped in at Huaihai Park to see the Huamei/Chinese Thrushes:
Wedding photographers were busy:
Nanjing Road pedestrian shopping area:
Formed ficus tree: