Program Details

Secrets of the Shanghai Ghetto

Helene Herman
Video Catch-up

Course Description

By the outbreak of WWII, Shanghai sheltered more Jewish refugees than any other place in the world. This program explores the history of Jewish Shanghai from the mid-19th century and features little-known heroes, including Chinese diplomat Dr. Ho Feng-Shan, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, American Social Worker Laura Margolis, and known villains such as Nazi Josef Meisinger. The emphasis is on the everyday lives of the 24,000 who spent WWII hunkered down in Shanghai and their ability to survive. First-hand survivor accounts bring this story to life.

About the Instructor

  • Helene Herman retired as President of a 400-member lifelong learning club in Florida that evolved from Brandeis Women. She lectures on a variety of historical and cultural topics. Herman has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in global marketing for a variety of American manufacturers in diverse product areas. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from NYU; her background in cultural anthropology was instrumental in putting her on the path to her marketing career and her career as a Lifelong Learning lecturer.