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December 13, 1991 - Image 106

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-12-13

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1991

Steven Doletzke

Los Angeles (JTA) — The
first exhibition on the Holo-
caust to be shown in China
was inaugurated in
Shanghai, with the
ceremonial opening attend-
ed by some 300 Chinese dig-
nitaries, American diplo-
mats and a delegation from
the Simon Wiesenthal
Center, which assembled the
display.
Yang Fu Chang, the
Chinese vice minister for
foreign affairs responsible
for Middle East relations,
headed his country's repre-
sentation and was the guest
of honor at a state dinner.
The exhibit, called "The
Courage to Remember," is a
60- panel photographic
display designed by the Los
Angeles-based Wiesenthal
Center. Since its inaugural
opening in Vienna in 1988,
it has toured Western and
Eastern Europe, including
several exhibits in the
Soviet Union; South Korea;
New. Zealand; South Africa;
and the United States.
The display in Shanghai,
which has descriptions in
English and Chinese, is now
on permanent loan to China,
and there are plans to
display the exhibit in Beij-
ing, Nanjing and other
Chinese cities, Rabbi Abra-
ham Cooper, associate dean
of the Wiesenthal Center,
said in a telephone interview
from Shanghai.
Also opened was a compa-
nion exhibit by the Chinese
Institute for Peace and De-
velopment Studies. Titled
"To Cherish Their Memory
Forever," the 20-panel
display recalls the presence
of some 25,000 European
Jews who found refuge in
Shanghai between 1938 and
1945.
Fifty international schol-
ars, currently participating
in a conference in Shanghai
on Israel and Judaic studies,
also participated in the
opening.
The Wiesenthal Center
delegation, led by the
center's dean, Rabbi Marvin
Hier, started its visit on
Nov. 27 in Beijing and has
held a series of meetings
with government, academic
and business leaders.
The group is in China on a
two-week mission.
The emphasis of the visit,
said Mr. Cooper, has been on
"reacquainting two ancient
(Chinese and Jewish)
civilizations and to make
sure that Israel gets a fair
shake. Because until now,

the Chinese haven't heard
too many good things about
Israel."
Specifically, Rabbi Hier
has urged Chinese officials
to establish full diplomatic
ties with Israel and to
declare that Beijing no
longer endorses the 1975
U.N. General Assembly
resolution that branded
Zionism as a form of racism.
Rabbi Hier suggested that
an appropriate date for such
a declaration would be Jan.
20, 1992, the 50th anniver-
sary of the convening of the
Wannsee Conference, which
set in motion the Nazis'
"Final Solution of the Jew-
ish Problem." There was no
Chinese response to the sug-
gestion.
At the same time, the
group has made it clear to its
hosts that the American
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Fifty international
scholars, currently
participating in a
conference in
Shanghai on Israel
and Judaic
studies, also
participated in the
opening.

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supports U.S. demands for
human rights reforms in
China, as enunciated by U.S.
Secretary of State James
Baker during his recent visit
to Beijing.
At a state dinner in Beij-
ing on the first night of
Chanukah,, the first meno-
rah candle was lit by Yuki
Novick, who heads an Israeli
computer company and who
had traveled the furthest
distance to reach the
Chinese capital.
The Wiesenthal Center's
30-member delegation in-
cludes a high proportion of
businessmen who are explor-
ing the possibilities of estab-
lishing commercial ties with
China. Besides Novick, an-
other Israeli computer ex-
pert, Noah Perlman, is part
of the group.
Mr. Cooper said that next
year, Pan Guang, a scholar
who is China's leading ad-
vocate of closer Sino-Jewish
relations, will visit the
United States and speak in
many cities.

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