Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai in 1923.
Her parents, two stateless Russian Jews, fled Russia two years before her birth. Krasno
grew up in a Jewish community in Shanghai, but fled to Israel in 1949 just before
communist forces took control of Shanghai. She held a prestigious position as translator
for the United Nations, and was a published author. Krasno wrote several books about
World War II in Shanghai, her life in Japan, and her Jewish heritage, as well as essays
regarding Jewish and Chinese history. The collection consists of documents,
correspondence, presentation notes, and research papers regarding Rena's life in
Shanghai, Japan, and in the United States, and documents her research, involvement with
various Jewish organiations, and experiences living in wartime Shanghai.
Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai, China in 1923. Her parents, two stateless Russian
Jews, fled Russia two years before her birth. Krasno grew up in a Jewish community in
Shanghai and attended the French Municipal College where she earned her Brevet Superieur
and Baccalaureate (Philosophy Section). She later entered the Faculty of Medicine at the
Jesuit Aurora University (now called Shanghai School of Medicine #2), where she studied
for two years during World War II. She left Shanghai for Israel in April of 1949, just
one month before communist forces took over the city.
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