Shanghai Diary

Shanghai Diary

by Ursula Bacon
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Shanghai Diary by Ursula Bacon

By the late 1930s, Europe sat on the brink of a world war. As the holocaust approached, many Jewish families in Germany fled to one of the only open port available to them: Shanghai. Once called "the armpit of the world," Shanghai ultimately served as the last resort for tens of thousands of Jews desperate to escape Hitler's "Final Solution." Against this backdrop, 11-year-old Ursula Bacon and her family made the difficult 8,000-mile voyage to Shanghai, with its promise of safety. But instead of a storybook China, they found overcrowded streets teeming with peddlers, beggars, opium dens, and prostitutes. Amid these abysmal conditions, Ursula learned of her own resourcefulness and found within herself the fierce determination to survive.

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ISBN-13: 9781621154327
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 703,952
File size: 2 MB

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Be sure to start with the first one, Eternal Strangers, so that you get the whole story.I had no idea that those persecuted in WW2 escapes to Shanghai. I personally know Ursula Bacon & her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir on the under reported subject of WWll Holocaust survivors who fled to Shanghai to escape. It is especially accessible to teen readers who can gain insight to this coming of age description of life in Shanghair during the Japanese occupation. Written in straight forward, descriptive and honest language. The book illustrates how individual survival stories are unique and compelling.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to really live the escape from Germany, and life in Shanghai, this book is a must read. It ranks with the Dairy of Ann Frank and Shindler's List in its ability to draw you into the life of the times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many people, including myself, were unaware of the fact that Jews fled from Hitler's Germany to Shanghai. This is an honest and inspirational book which reveals that the author and her family suffered much, yet managed to relect upon their lives with love and gratitude. Ms. Bacon is an inspiration for all of us. She also clarifies the importance of the study of the humanities and etiquette, as it was these two subjects that helped maintain her family's sense of humanity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book. I don't often read memoirs, and I'm still not sure why I picked this book up. I'm glad I did. Shanghai Diary is simply excellent, and should be a must read for everyone. It is filled with the pain of loss and the timeless wisdom that only such loss can bring. Please, read this book - you won't be disappointed.