The Jews of China: Discussion with Ziujuan Blank

The Jews of China

The existence of China's first Jewish community dates back to the early 11th Century, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Some of the descendants of this original Jewish community still live there.

The second era in which Jews show up in Chinese documents is in the middle of the 19th century, when some Jewish businessmen went to Shanghai. Their numbers were increased during the period before and after the Russian revolution, when many Jews came from Russia to Shanghai, Harbin, and Tianjin. Then in 1937, because of the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazis in Germany, more than 20,000 Jews fled to Shanghai.

Xiujuan Blank explained this fascinating story to IJC on April 11.