Re: Info on Jewish refugees in Central Asia during the War #ukraine


In the spring of 1955, while stationed with the U. S. Air Force in Japan, i was invited to attendĀ  a Passover seder being held at the Jewish Community Center in Tokyo, Japan! I was fortunate to have a long conversation with young men, about my age at the time (20-21y.o.) who, when asked by me as to how they came to live in Tokyo, I was told their story. It seems that young Jewish men, to escape the WWI draft in eastern Europe, fled eastward, across Asia and pleaded to the Japanese to allow them to emigrate and become Japanese citizens. They were mostly business people, manufacturers and industrialists, and were welcomed to Japan and they created their own community. They remained neutral during WWII except they continued with their businesses. They married within their community or sought out spouses in Israel. In1948, they were all granted honorary Israeli citizenship. Their children/grandchildren with whom we spoke, in fact were all polylingual with full use of Japanese, English, Hebrew, Yiddish and most could speak in their parents' mother-tongue (Russian/Polish/Lithuanian/etc). Their seder was very enjoyable and was conducted entirely in Hebrew. Along with the small contingent of fellow service-people who attended, following the seder we adjourned to their "playroom" and i was taught the fine points of snooker by their young people.
Murray Stollman
4625 Mirabella Ct.
St Pete Beach, FL 33706

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