Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto

Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto

by Ernest G. Heppner
     
 

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"A fascinating and moving memoir that begins with [Heppner's] childhood in Nazi Germany and moves briskly from one compelling scene to the next."-Forward. "The author describes in detail the sights and sounds of his adopted environment, the mingling of Jews and many nationalities, the choking stench and the humidity, the decadent, exotic underworld of criminals and…  See more details below

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"A fascinating and moving memoir that begins with [Heppner's] childhood in Nazi Germany and moves briskly from one compelling scene to the next."-Forward. "The author describes in detail the sights and sounds of his adopted environment, the mingling of Jews and many nationalities, the choking stench and the humidity, the decadent, exotic underworld of criminals and beggars, the terror of air raids and Japanese guards, the rampant poverty and disease. The general tone, however, is positive, even inspiring, and behind all the experiences lurks a sense of adventure and simple good luck."-Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter.

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Forward

"A fascinating and moving memoir that begins with [Heppner’s] childhood in Nazi Germany and moves briskly from one compelling scene to the next."—Forward
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"The author describes in detail the sights and sounds of his adopted environment, the mingling of Jews and many nationalities, the choking stench and the humidity, the decadent, exotic underworld of criminals and beggars, the terror of air raids and Japanese guards, the rampant poverty and disease. The general tone, however, is positive, even inspiring, and behind all the experiences lurks a sense of adventure and simple good luck."—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
Indianapolis Star

"An important addition to the historical record of World War II, an autobiography of a remarkable man’s formative years, and a testimony to the power of community and human perseverance."—Indianapolis Star
Michael Berenbaum

"Ernest G. Heppner’s Shanghai Refuge fills in the fragments . . . of this little-known Jewish community. . . . His story is an odd mixture of defiance, courage, endurance and survival. His experience [is] fascinating."—Michael Berenbaum, Director, U.S. Holocaust Research Institute
Bernard Wasserstein

"Heppner's descriptions . . . ring true and carry conviction, especially when he recalls in evocative detail his day-to-day experiences in Nazi Germany. Similarly, his recollection of Shanghai, with its small, telling details of privations, indignities, anxieties, and horrors make maximum impact—from the rat in the bakery that he lifted up by its tail to the carnage following an American air raid."—Bernard Wasserstein, author of The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803272811
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,166,179
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Michael Berenbaum
Shanghai Refuge fills in the fragments...of this little-known Jewish community....His experience [is] fascinating.

Meet the Author

Ernest G. Heppner (1921–2004) was an independent management consultant living in Indianapolis. He wrote a new afterword for this Bison Books Edition.

 

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