The interrogation of the Jews

During the days when Jews were trapped in the ghetto, they led a miserable life. Japanese soldiers examined them willingly and beat and insulted them as long as the soldiers were slightly unpleasant. A Jewish woman survivor tells her own story when recalling the fearful days. One day she was seriously sick and needed to leave the ghetto to see a doctor. So her father took her to apply for a pass. A Japanese officer asked her father to put his head on the table, and the officer took out a knife, held it over their heads, cut off her father’s long beard, and burst into laughter. Such horror and humiliation still haunt her till this day.

Oil painting, Interrogation of The Jews (CC - BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)
Oil painting, Interrogation of The Jews (CC – BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)

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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