Tianjin Shi: Tianjin ren min chu ban she, 2007. Item #42267
Original Illustrated Publisher’s Paper Wrappers, Large 8vo, 281 pages. Includes many photos, some in color. 25 cm. In Chinese with English title on cover. ISBN: 9787201054179; 7201054171. “This is the first documentary literary work that shows a macroscopic picture of the century-old history of the Jews in Tianjin. Jews have a long history of living in China. As early as the Song Dynasty, there were business Jews who took root and thrived in Henan. During World War II, a large number of Jews entered China from Europe in order to escape the persecution of the Nazis, with Shanghai, Harbin and Tianjin as the three concentrated residences. In these areas, the Jews established their own communities, and together with the Chinese people, they survived the most difficult years of the war, leaving behind many touching stories and historical and cultural relics. With abundant historical materials and elegant writing, this book presents a broad picture scroll of the survival and development of Jews in China and Tianjin from the beginning of the last century to the 1950s. What is especially rare is that this book also finds and interviews Tianjin Jews living all over the world, and fills up many historical gaps with vivid oral records. At the same time, precious historical old photos are also a major feature of this book” (translated from the introduction). "Up until 1904 only ten Jewish families lived in Tientsin. In 1906 the Jews established the Tientsin Jewish Union which rendered various religious services. Side by side with this union the Tientsin Hebrew Association was active in the city and took care of welfare needs such as soup kitchens, hospitals, homes for the elderly, etc. The 1917 Russian Revolution fueled the rapid growth of the city's Jewish population with many Jewish immigrants from Russia, and “in 1920 the community was formally named The Hebrew Association of Tientsin (THA) [The organization named here in this charter booklet]. In this context the community built a synagogue, engaged a Rabbi and a Shochet, and provided full religious services. Committees for Eretz Israel affairs and hospitals were set up. A singular feature of the community was the establishment of the Benevolent Society in 1920, whose aim was to assist Jews in need and help them settle into their new environment.” Tianjin soon became the third largest Jewish community in China, after Shanghai and Harbin. In 1935, the number of Jewish people in Tianjin reached 3,500. Though most Jews left the city after the 1949 Chinese Revolution. (sinojudaic.org/tianjin), large numbers of Jewish refugees had been streaming to Tianjin before and during World War II, with the city occupied by the Japanese from July 1937 to August 1945. For more on the Tianjin/Tiensin Jewish community, see also https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/harbin/Growing_Up_in_Tientsin_Chapter_22. pdf. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- China -- Tianjin. -- History -- 20th century. Juifs -- Chine –= Histoire -- 20e sie`cle. Bao gao wen xue -- dang dai -- zhong guo -- xuan ji. You tai ren -- shi liao -- jin dai -- tian jin shi. OCLC: 192079595. Very Good Condition (Holo2-160-19-X).