“Shanghai became a real option for those Jews who had no place to go and they scrambled to buy all the luxury ship tickets to go to Shanghai because that was the only way you could go at that point. ” – David Kranzler
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Aug 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the many European Jews who were saved from Hitler’s wrath by escaping to a far away land in China during the early days of World War II.
My Take on it – This movie is about a suject that I’ve heard about fir years, but never had the opportunity or pleasure to actually learn enough about it.
Many people know very little of this subject and it’s a true shame because it is such an important one that people should be more aware of.
It’s extremely important that these interviewees were filmed because the people interviewed were already quite old at the time of the making of this film and many of them are probably no longer around to tell their stories.
I really liked the way that they told us the stories by the interviewees and some of the tales were quite difficult to listen to because they were mostly quite touching and heart wrenching because of the hardships involved for these people despite finding a way to escape Hitler’s wrath.
Bottom Line – Great documentary about a subject that so many people know little to nothing about. The importance of documenting stories like these are extremely important because the interviewees are getting older and don’t have much more time to tell their stories. I liked the way the stories were told to us by the interviewees and some of the scenes were really heart wrenching to watch because the stories are not all so easy to absorb. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won both the Audience Choice and Human Rights Awards at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2002. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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