From Shanghai to the ICC Jerusalem

The gala evening was attended by distinguished guests from both Israel and China.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 20, 2015 21:16
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MIRA ALTMAN (from left), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and Chinese consul-general to Israel, Lu Kun

MIRA ALTMAN (from left), CEO of the ICC Jerusalem, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Benjamin Peng, the director of Yafo Capital, the sponsor of the exhibition attend the opening gala of ‘Love without Boundaries’ exhibit at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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An art exhibition named “Love without Boundaries – Jewish Refugees in Shanghai” opened at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem on May 10. The exhibition marks the history of Jews seeking shelter in Shanghai, east China, during WWII.

The gala evening was attended by distinguished guests from both Israel and China. Key speakers included Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, ICC chairman David Shimron and the Chinese consul-general to Israel, Lu Kun.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mira Altman, CEO of the ICC Jerusalem, said that she was deeply honored that the exhibition was being held in the heart of Jerusalem in co-operation with the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. She also added that it was very important to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and that the exhibit offers a unique perspective of what happened 70 years ago during WWII which is relatively unknown to the Israeli public.

On display are 40 pieces of oil paintings, 20 pieces of traditional Chinese paintings and 10 photos, which illustrate how Jews fled to Shanghai during WWII as well as different scenes of their life in Shanghai.


Many of the paintings are created on the basis of true stories, with one dedicated on Dr. He Feng Shan, Chinese consul-general in Vienna from 1938 to 1940, who risked his life to issue thousands of visas to Jewish refugees.

The exhibition runs through till May 25. For more info visit www.iccjer.co.il or (02) 655-8508.

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