The Membership of the Jewish Refugees from Poland in Political Organizations in Wartime Shanghai (1941–1942)

The Analysis of Polish Diplomatic Documentation. The Case of Polish Consular Records and Foreign Office Statistics


When in the early 1940s a vast number of war refugees – mainly Jews, reached (via Japan) Shanghai, they got stuck in the city due to the eruptionof the Pacific War. While being mostly Polish citizens, they depended on the diplomatic care of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tokyo, led by the Ambassador Tadeusz Romer and after its closure – the Polish Consulate in Shanghai, where the ambassador was moved. The diplomats became engaged in the organisation of refugee groups, livelihoods and visas necessary for their evacuation. The aim of this article is to characterise the political and social groups of Polish citizens, who benefited from the Polish consulate’s help and were therefore registered in the diplomatic records.

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Opublikowane : 2020-12-21

Barbasiewicz, O., & Pawnik, A. (2020). The Membership of the Jewish Refugees from Poland in Political Organizations in Wartime Shanghai (1941–1942). Studia Polityczne, 48(3), 33-64.

Olga Barbasiewicz
Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University  Polska
Agnieszka Pawnik 
Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University  Polska