Harbor from the Holocaust

August 27, 2020
12:00pm Eastern Time
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Join us for a virtual preview of the new PBS documentary, Harbor from the Holocaust, which airs on September 8 at 10pm on WUCF. The documentary chronicles the story of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, to the Chinese port city of Shanghai.

The screening will be followed by a live virtual conversation with:

• Sigmund Tobias, Shanghai Survivor

• Violet Du Feng, Director

• Joanie Holzer Schirm, Author, My Dear Boy

• Frank Xu, Shanghai historian

This event is hosted in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.

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Harbor from the Holocaust Welcome

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Harbor From the Holocaust - PREVIEW

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Harbor from the Holocaust - Closing

90 minutes


  • Shiyana Valentine

    WUCF Education & Community Engagement Manager

  • Sydney

  • Bree Gribbin

  • Bree Gribbin

  • Janice Sante


  • Lisa Bachmann

    Assistant Director of the Holocaust Memorial & Resource Education Center of Florida.

  • Violet Du Feng

    Director of Harbor from the Holocaust. Born in Shanghai and based in New York. Violet holds a bachelor’s degree journalism and received her MFA in journalism from University of California at Berkeley. Feng is a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. Her work has received support from funders such as Sundance, ITVS, IDA, Ford Foundation, Chicken & Egg and Doc Society. Feng is a consulting producer for CNEX, the Chinese Documentary Foundation, and a consulting programmer for Shanghai International Film Festival. She is the producer of the forthcoming film PEOPLE’S HOSPITAL and a director of her first feature length documentary HIDDEN LETTERS.

  • Sigmund Tobias

    Featured in Harbor from the Holocaust, Sigmund Tobias and his family fled Berlin, Germany, and arrived in the Hongkew district of Shanghai about June 1939. There, he attended the Shanghai Jewish Youth Association School and the Mir Yeshiva. He is the author of Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai.

  • Joanie Holzer Schirm

    Writer, archivist, and sought-after speaker, Joanie applies that same passion to storytelling in her award-winning companion non-fiction books, Adventurers Against Their Will and My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation. The books are based on the discovery and revelations from a secret WWII letter collection – 400 letters by 78 writers corresponding with Oswald "Valdik" Holzer, her Czech Jewish father, as he traveled through five continents after escaping his Nazi-occupied homeland in 1939.

  • Frank Xu

    Frank Xu is working in Brooklyn Public Library as a manager of Languages and Literature Division and Brooklyn College as an adjunct professor. Born in Shanghai and living in Brooklyn Frank Xu has deep passion about and desire to explore the unique yet little known period of WWII history - Jewish Refugees in Shanghai- that connects both districts of Hongkew and Brooklyn where one can explore and listen to the extraordinary survival stories by ordinary Shanghai Jews.

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