JDC’s Initial Response to European Refugees in Post-War Shanghai
In this talk from the JDC Archives, Professor Fred Lazin will examine JDC’s efforts to assist Jewish (and other) European refugees in Shanghai, China following the Japanese surrender in August 1945. It will cover the tenure of the first two post-War American directors of JDC operations in Shanghai: Manuel Siegel, imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII, took charge of JDC operations as the Japanese surrendered. Charles Jordan replaced him in January 1946 and remained through April 1948.
The lecture will explore the changing perception of these directors about the plight of the refugees during this period and the perceived attitudes and preferences for resettlement among the refugees. The lecture will also shed light on the policies of the American Consulate in Shanghai, as well as those of the UNRRA, CNRRA, Nationalist Government and local municipal authorities.
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