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Jewish cafe reopens in Shanghai

Zum Weissag Rossi’l Cafeo was a popular meeting place for refugees who escaped the Nazis during World War II

Shanghai in 1928. Shanghai was a haven for tens of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II. (Wikimedia Commons)
Shanghai in 1928. Shanghai was a haven for tens of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II. (Wikimedia Commons)

A cafe in Shanghai that was a popular meeting place for Jewish refugees during World War II has reopened.

The Zum Weissag Rossi’l Cafe, or White Horse Cafe, originally opened in 1939. It opened again in a ceremony Wednesday after being rebuilt, according to the news website Shanghaiist.

“A lot of people visited, Jewish people and non-Jewish people,” said Ron Klinger, 74, the cafe co-founder’s grandson, who grew up in the cafe, according to Shanghaiist. “It was like [a] cafe, bar and nightclub. It was very popular.”

The cafe was rebuilt about 100 yards from its original location, and is located next to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Shanghaiist reported that the city is applying to have the neighborhood, which was home to about 20,000 Jews during the Holocaust, included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry.

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