Declaration of Independence

After the Second World War, the Jews who suffered from misery and separation put on the agenda such important events as establishing their own country. At that moment in Shanghai, there were a lot of Judaic political and economic elites who set up clubs and parties, united with other Jews, transmitted democratic and free concepts and publish ideas on independence and country foundation. In the photo, Mr. Magid was reading out the Declaration of Independence for Israel on the gathering of Shanghai Jews Club and this group of Jews in Shanghai later became the major force to establish the country of Israel.

Oil painting, Declaration of Independence (Photo Credit: CC - BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)
Oil painting, Declaration of Independence (Photo Credit: CC – BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)
Mr. Magid reading declaration of Independence of the State of Israel on the grounds of the Shanghai Jewish Club in the presence of the members and leaders of the Jewish community (Photo Credit: CC - BY Isador Magid, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum)
Mr. Magid reading declaration of Independence of the State of Israel on the grounds of the Shanghai Jewish Club in the presence of the members and leaders of the Jewish community (Photo Credit: CC – BY Isador Magid, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum)

Special thanks to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum for providing the sources of literature and photo on this topic. Further contact with Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation (CJCF) via email: postmaster@cjcf.org.cn‍.

About the Author
Xinyao Chen served as founder assistant of Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation (CJCF). In 2013, he started his M.A. studies in Nonprofit Management at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University.
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