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Hybrid Book Talk: The Box with the Sunflower Clasp – Jewish flight to Shanghai

October 10, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, Rachel MellerAs part of our Family History events series, the Library is pleased to host Rachel Meller talking about her first book, The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, which relates the flight of her aunt and grandparents from Nazi-run Vienna to the unlikely haven of Shanghai. She will describe the resilience and enterprise of the 20,000-strong Jewish community within the challenging surroundings of the war-torn Chinese port.

Rachel will be joined by Niamh Hanrahan, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, researching a history of movement by Jewish refugees from Europe to Asia during WWII. She will discuss the history of Jews in Shanghai and wartime Jewish journeys made to reach China, connecting Rachel’s family story to a wider historical narrative.

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This event is free, although registration via the link below is required. Please note that our free events are run by staff volunteers. Thank you for your patience should we have any technical or audio difficulties. We will do our best to correct them but this is not always possible.

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October 10, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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