The Singer Of Shanghai: A WWII Jewish Refugee Story Of Sewing And Survival

Kevin Ostoyich
Department Chair and Associate Professor of History, Valparaiso University
Tuesday April 21
7-8:30 p.m.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kevin Ostoyich recounts the history of 18,000 Jewish refugees who fled Europe during World War II, seeking shelter in Shanghai. Research conducted with individual families provides a window on the contours of their experiences. This lecture chronicles the Abraham family’s journey from Frickhofen, Germany to Shanghai and then Cleveland. Through the prowess, inner strength and good fortune of family matriarch Ida, her kin found safety in Shanghai, and she was able to make ends meet with the Singer sewing machine her grandmother had given her as a child.

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