Students at Merrick Avenue were treated to a living history lesson from a Jericho resident who survived Hitler’s mass deportation of Jews from her native Germany.
Evelyn Pike Rubin, author of “Ghetto Shanghai,” was 8 years old when she fled with her mother to the open city of Shanghai, China, after the rise of Hitler and Kristallnacht made it clear that Jews were no longer welcome in Germany.
Despite Japanese-occupied Shanghai’s more benevolent treatment of Jews, Rubin and her mother found themselves quarantined to a ghettoized section of the city, along with 18,000 other refugees from Hitler’s rampage. In the ghetto, poverty, disease and air strikes were a daily reality. Rubin’s father, who joined them in Shanghai a few short years after their initial arrival, died from the climate and conditions in the city.
Rubin spent eight years in Shanghai before leaving for the U.S. in 1947. Now 83, Rubin shares her story all over the world to discuss how warfare can bring out the best and worst in mankind.
At Merrick Avenue, Rubin addressed the students in the auditorium, using visual aids such as an enlarged print of her mother’s German passport, which featured a large red “J” on the front to signal her Jewish heritage.