Three Waves of Jewish Migration to Shanghai: 1845-1941


Three waves of Jewish migrants went to China, mainly to Shanghai. First in 1845 from the Middle East for trade; the second group, refugees from Russia during the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and ensuing Civil War; the third group in the mid-1930s of refugees fleeing from virulent antisemitism in Nazi Germany to China, one of the rare countries in the world where entry visas were not required. The lives of these three groups are described before/ during/after the Japanese occupation (Pearl Harbor-August 1945). By 1948, their exodus to various countries. In partnership with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW Judaic Studies Program and the GW History Department, we are proud to have had Dr. Liliane Willens lead a special lecture and Q&A on Three Waves of Jewish Migration to Shanghai: 1845-1941.


Speaker Bio

A retired professor from Boston College and MIT, Dr. Liliane Willens is a current Washington, D.C. resident with a vibrant history growing up in Shanghai, China. Dr. Willens was born of Russian parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai. She, her parents, and sisters all lived in China during Japanese occupation and World War II, and emigrated a couple years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Willens is the author of the book, Stateless in Shanghai.


Event Schedule

2:00pm - 2:30pm - Registration

2:30pm - 4:00pm - Lecture and Q&A

4:00pm - 4:30pm - Refreshments & networking

Join us for the dialogue! Event is FREE & open to the public. 

Sponsored By:

The GW Confucius Institute

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The GW Judaic Studies Program

The GW History Department