Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Exhibtion to open on life of Jewish refugees in China

From Xinhua:

A full-spectrum exhibition on the life of Jewish refugees in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, will be open on January 8 in the city of Harbin.

The exhibition, to be held in the original Jewish site in Harbin, will cover more than 3,000 square meters of floor space.

Its seven sections will give a vivid picture of the Jewish people's lives in Harbin, involving religion, politics, and culture.

From the end of the 19th century to the mid 20th century, more than 20,000 Jews migrated to Harbin from Russia, east Europe and other countries. Harbin, a city along the Songhua River in northeast China, was once the largest Jewish settlement in the Far East.

More than 400 pictures and dozens of statues at the exhibition have come from Israel, the United States, Germany, Australia, Britain and France. The rest exhibits are from in Harbin.

Direct on-line links will also be established with Jewish museums in the U.S., Israel and Germany.

Qu Wei, president of the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, said his academy has established a Jewish research center.

Harbin city has invested 20 million yuan (about 2.5 million U.S. dollars) to restore Jew areas.

The exhibition will ultimately be made permanent, said Qu. Enditem