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Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education
Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education

Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education 1945

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Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education 1945

21 mins United Kingdom

This film contains harrowing scenes of corpses littering the streets and famous landmarks destroyed following an intense air raid of Shanghai by the Japanese in 1937. The only safe haven for local residents was to be found in the city's International Settlement, where children and adults could lead some semblance of ordinary life in refugee camps run by foreign charitable organisations.

From 1937 to 1945, the Japanese carried out indiscriminate bombing of densely populated cities, including Shanghai, by then the most prosperous city in Asia. Refugees flooded the International Settlement (set up by the British and Americans after China was forced to cede extra-territorial rights in the 1842 Treaty of Nanking), as it was safe from attack. The classes, regular meals and clean bedding provided by various international aid agencies and missionary churches were the only chance of a decent life in an otherwise chaotic country torn apart by Japanese invasion and civil war.

Genres

Documentary War

Tags

Sino-Japanese War Chinese refugees Shanghai Refugee camps

Collection

Refugee Week Shanghai - Pearl of the Orient

Released

1945

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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