A Jewish legacy draws to a close in North China

On 30/07/2013 by Site Default

Hannah Agre huddled forlornly on a wooden chair in her small room, probably the last survivor of the European Jews who migrated to China.

”Give me death,” she said in Russian. ”Dress me in a shroud. What sort of life is there for me?” Hannah Agre is 74 years old. Her sight is failing and her teeth are almost gone. She is so frail that the gray apron flapping over her old denim skirt could wrap more than once around her.

Her mind is sometimes lucid. More often, it drifts off to dim memories of a childhood in Harbin that are interrupted by a craving for delicacies like black bread and herring…


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