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Above All Evil: God’s Purposes Through the Wild, Weird Arc of History

The unlikely rescue of Jews in China points to a Power beyond our understanding.
Above All Evil: God’s Purposes Through the Wild, Weird Arc of History
Image: Shanghai Ghetto / Cinedigm

A global survey found that almost half of adults had never heard of the Holocaust. In Asia that number exceeds 75 percent, with the vast majority questioning the accuracy of historical accounts.

Today, few in the East or West remember that the strategic port city of Shanghai, China, was actually the site of an important piece of Holocaust history: a ghetto of 23,000 Jewish refugees. While other countries closed their borders, it was the one place in the entire world where anyone could enter without passports, visas, or fees.

Among the many World War II events being commemorated this year is the liberalization of the Shanghai Ghetto on September 3, 1945. This improbable cross-cultural intersection of world events reveals some profound truths about the arc of God’s redemption throughout human history.

About 10,000 kilometers from Germany by land, or a three-week journey by sea, Shanghai would seem an unlikely place for Jewish refugees to flee. But as the Nazi regime stepped ...

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