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Film on Jews' escape to city screened

AN award-winning documentary recounting the escape of Jews from the clutches of the Nazis in Vienna will be screened at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum this month, museum officials said.

The film, "Auf Wiedersehen - Till we meet again," explores intergenerational trauma from the Holocaust to the tragic events of 9/11. The film took an Audience Award and runner-up for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

Chen Jian, curator of the museum, said the film will be shown with Chinese subtitles. The schedule for showings had not been finalized yesterday.

The 2010 film was directed by Linda G. Mills, vice chancellor at New York University and professor of social work, public policy and law. In the film, Mills and her family return to the site of her mother's flight from Vienna, Austria in 1939. She told their story of escape, deception, and complicity. Mills said at the Shanghai museum yesterday that she was inspired by two stories from her family.

In one story, her grandmother's sister escaped from the Nazis in the Europe and traveled to Shanghai, among more than 23,000 refugees. In another, close friends of her mother had the chance to come to Shanghai but declined. They died in a concentration camp.

"The film reminds us the darkest days in human history, which should never be repeated," said Chen.

The museum is at 62 Changyang Road in Hongkou District. Visit


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