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14 June-17 November, Sewing for Survival. Jewish Refugees in Shanghai 1938-1949

In this exhibition with international participation, the tim sheds light on a poignant piece of German history. It is about Jewish women, men and children who fled from Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe to Shanghai from 1938 onwards to escape persecution by the National Socialists and secured their livelihood there, not least through textile work.

The exhibition was created as a cooperation with the renowned Käte Hamburger Research Centre »global dis:connect« at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. It displays original objects made by Jewish refugees during their time in Shanghai,
including artwork created by a refugee girl.

At the center of the exhibition is a historical sewing machine that ensured the survival of one of the families. Originally a gift from a grandmother to her grand daughter, the sewing machine has journeyed from Frickhofen in Germany to Shanghai to San Francisco to Cleveland … and now to Augsburg.



Place & date: tim Augsburg, 14 June – 17 November 2024

Organisers: Kevin Ostoyich (LMU Munich) and tim Augsburg

Venue: tim – State Textil and Industry Museum Augsburg, Provinostraße 46, 86153 Augsburg

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm

Free entry


Please click here to download the programme and here for further information.