Dr. Maisie J Meyer

From The Rivers of Babylon To The Whangpoo - A Century Of Sephardi Jewish Life in Shanghai

(New York, Oxford: University Press of America 2003) IBSN 0-7618-2489

"Dr Meyer's book offers a vivid compelling portrait of a Jewish community recasting its identity as it reshapes the landscape of Shanghai."

Professor Vera Schwarcz, (Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award) Chair of the History Department, Wesleyan University.

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From the Rivers of Babylon to the Wanghpoo

"Told in vivid detail, the lives, customs, and traditions of this immigrant group emerges against the backdrop of the Shanghai treaty port in the 19th and 20th centuries and a turbulent era of rebellions and war in China."

Professor Irene Eber, Truman Research Institute, Hebrew University.

Dr Meyer narrates the history of the Baghdadi Jews who began arriving in Shanghai in 1845, and created a vibrant community that lasted for a century. She examines the interaction between these Baghdadi Jews and their Ashkenazi coreligionists, who escaped from religious persecution in Russia, and some 20,000 refugess from Nazi persecution. The Japanese occupation during World War II, and the city's subsequent incorporation into the Peoples' Republic of China in 1949, signaled the end of the community with its members scattered across the world." (Michael Pollak, author)

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo has been reprinted with additional photographs. The book can be ordered from Amazon.com for $68 + p&p. Alternatively, it can be ordered for $50 + p&p by emailing maisie@mjmeyer.org.uk.

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