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Seminar to offer clues for the International Day of Peace

Shanghai’s experience in sheltering nearly 20,000 Jews during the Second World War can offer clues for today’s world to address the issue of refugees, experts said during a seminar for the International Day of Peace today.

“The host city for people who need a shelter should be inclusive,” said Wang Jian, deputy director of the Institute of History at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences during the seminar.

“The city should create opportunities for such people to survive, not by offering subsidies only, but by training them to have related skills.”

Back in 1937 and 1938, Jews in Shanghai live and work, creating a world of their own and interacting well with local people in Shanghai’s Hongkou District.

The seminar was initiated by the academy, the Chinese Initiative on International Law and the International Law School of East China University of Political Science and Law. It was attended by Elsza Ayu Fitrishiana, associate protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Regional Representation in China. 


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