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 when
tensions between China and Japan escalated. 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
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 as
tensions grew in China.
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