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Film about city Jewish refugees

SCHINDLER'S List producer Branko Lustig visited the Jewish Refugees Museum in Shanghai yesterday, announcing his plans to produce a movie about Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II.

With a budget of US$30-45 million, "The Melanie Violin", a joint work between China and the United States, will be filmed this year.

The movie, an adaptation of a novel by Chinese American writer He Ning, tells of a Jewish violinist who fled to Shanghai and fell in love with a Shanghainese woman.

Dubbed the Noah's Ark of the Orient, Shanghai sheltered more than 30,000 Jewish refugees from the Nazis during World War II. Today, some of their descendants still live in the city.

A survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp, Lustig is grateful to Shanghai.

"In the concentration camp the Germans were killing Jews, but here in Shanghai it was different. It was a life here," said Lustig.


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