Growing Up Jewish in China

Growing Up Jewish in China

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A colorful memoir of Jewish life in China during the first half of the twentieth century. Dolly Beil spent the first part of her life in the Chinese cities of Tsingtao (Qingdao), Mukden (Shenyang), Harbin, and Tientsin (Tianjin). Her father, owner of a jewellery store and a businessman, descended from the prominent family of Solomon Guterman, who owned an estate in Irkutsk, Russia. Her mother was one of three daughters of Grigory Lazarovich Gershevich, who built the first hotel in the northern city of Harbin, located on Pacific Road. The year of Dolly's birth -- 1927 -- meant that she and her family, part of the country's small Jewish community, would live through events that would change China, and them, forever: The Japanese occupation Liberation by Americans at the end of World War II Civil war between Nationalist and Communist forces The flight of foreign nationals from an increasingly closed society Beil's entertaining stories will draw you into an unusual blend of European and Asian life in the country of her early joys and sorrows: China, the country that she loves so much to this very day. Includes seventy black and white photos.I also remembered that she had stored it in her bedroom wardrobe. A thought dawned on me a€“ that I could be just like that young woman. I could be just like her. I absolutely could. I rushed into my parentsa#39; bedroom. I opened the mirrored dooranbsp;...

Title:Growing Up Jewish in China
Author: Dolly Beil
Publisher:BPS Books - 2012-06-12

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