[Publications] The Holocaust and Hong Kong: An Overlooked History


Holocaust Studies: Vol 28, No 2 (Current issue)


In his research article, “The Holocaust and Hong Kong: An Overlooked History,” HKSI Student Associate Ryan Sun (Ph.D. candidate, Department of History) explores the complicated role of Hong Kong as an ambiguous refuge during the Second World War.


Abstract: “The British colony of Hong Kong was one of the last ports that Jewish refugees transited through before their arrival in Shanghai. By using recently declassified materials this paper argues that Hong Kong played a more complicated role as an ambiguous refuge: one that provided shelter, but whose colonial administration was responsible for the internment and expulsion of Jewish refugees. This paper broadens its inquiry by analyzing local and historiographical factors that contributed to Hong Kong being overlooked. Adopting a Global Holocaust framework and following refugees’ paths of escape reveals Hong Kong as more than just a transit port.”


Read the article here.