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Oregon Jewish Museum (2015)
Israel-China Cultural Festival, San Francisco (2012)
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2010)
29th International Forum of New Cinema, Berlin (1999)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (1999)
Jerusalem International Film Festival (1999)

In the years between 1938 to 1941 nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, China where most would spend almost a decade in exile. The emigration to Shanghai was, for most refugees, a "last resort" to find a safe have at a time when borders around Europe were closed to the desperate Jews of Europe.

The little-known story of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai is presented through the recollections of four former refugees -Fred Fields, Ernest Heppner, Illo Heppner, and Siegmar Simon- and a thorough collage of evocative materials: personal and published writings by refugees, relief reports, secret documents, rare home movies, photographs, newsreels, and propaganda films.

This remarkable archival material reveals a lost world when Shanghai was the Far East's most illustrious city. Extraordinary images of refugees and uncommon views of Chinese life create a compelling vantage point for understanding this story of survival.


"...The film wisely never veers from its tight focus on intriguing stories of escape and survival"
- The Asian Wall Street Journal, April 9, 1999

“A richly detailed, elegant documentary... absorbing and valuable.” - The Jewish Week

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The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai

Austria/ USA, 1998, 79 minutes
English and German with English subtitles
Directed by Joan Grossman and Paul Rosdy

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Public Exhibition formats: 16mm, Beta, DVD





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