2 women relive years in Jewish ghetto after families fled Holocaust

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Though the two women had never met, they soon were trading names, each taking stock of whom the other knew in Chicago's Jewish community.

Before long, they learned their paths had almost crossed once before—six decades ago in the Jewish ghetto of Shanghai. It turns out they were neighbors, one at 83 Wayside Rd., the other at 91, and they had some mutual friends too....

Both women were among the Jews who found a haven in Shanghai during World War II. Sephardic Jews had lived as entrepreneurs in Shanghai since the 1800s, but in the late 1930s large numbers arrived from Germany, Austria, Poland and Lithuania, refugees of the Holocaust.

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