In-Depth Virtual Tour Will Explore Little-Known History of Jewish Community of Shanghai.

Holocaust Museum LA presents “Inside the Acid-Free Box: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Charles Millett Collection,” Tuesday, March 2, at 4 p.m. This virtual viewing of the museum’s archives will explore the little-known history of the Jewish community of Shanghai, where over 17,000 Jews settled after fleeing the Nazis.

Led by Jordanna Gessler, the museum’s vice president of education and exhibits, and Christie Jovanovic, collection manager, the March installment of the exclusive series will offer an in-depth look at the photographs and documents of Charles Millett (née Karl Sinai) and his parents, Grete and Ernst, who originally lived in Vienna. The family fled the city after Kristallnacht, when Jewish homes, schools, businesses and places of worship were destroyed by the Nazis. 

The Milletts found refuge in Shanghai, one of the few routes of escape, because many other countries limited or denied entry to Jews altogether. Stripped of their possessions by the Nazis, many refugees arrived in Shanghai with almost no money and struggled to find a way to support themselves. Following Japanese occupation of the city and the outbreak of World War II, many were forced into the Hongkou ghetto.

A minimum $12 donation is requested; a link to the tour will be provided upon registration. For more information and to register, visit

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