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Guest Lecture (virtual): Weijia Li on “The German-Jewish Diaspora — From China to the US”

October 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Live Virtual Lecture

The German-Jewish Diaspora and its Cross-Pacific Experience: From China to the United States
Weijia Li (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Tuesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. Central Time

Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Email Antje Petty (apetty@wisc.edu) to receive a link.
​Links will be sent on October 18, 2021

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From 1938 to 1941, more than 17,000 German and Austrian Jewish refugees fled from the Nazi terror to Shanghai, China. The refugees’ hope to use Shanghai as a temporary safe haven before transferring to the US or elsewhere was soon dashed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the outbreak of the Pacific War. As a result, they ended up spending a decade in China before many of them immigrated to the US after the end of World War II. In this presentation, Weijia Li will examine how the German-Jewish refugee community in Shanghai thrived despite the harshness of life in exile and during the war and how its members looked forward to a new life in America.

Dr. Weijia Li is a Clinical Professor and the Director of the Global Higher Education (GHE) Master’s Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education.


For more information contact Antje Petty (apetty@wisc.edu)


a lecture sponsored by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and co-sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies


October 19, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm