The Lasus family papers document the couple’s experiences during the Holocaust, including Mr. Lasus’s imprisonment in Dachau
in 1938, the couple’s residence in Shanghai from 1939-1948, and their eventual emigration to the United States. The Lasus
Family papers provide insight into the experiences of those German and Austrian Jews who were forced to flee from Germany
and Austria during Hitler’s Third Reich and who spent the war years in Shanghai, China.
Denied admittance to most countries, thousands of German and Austrian Jews who fled Hitler's Third Reich found their way to
Shanghai, where visas and passports were not required until the Japanese occupation. After 1941, the occupying Nazi-aligned
Japanese forced the Jewish refugees in Shanghai into the Hong Kew ghetto.
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