Bela Cukierman describes fleeing to Shanghai in 1940 in her own words:

We left in September 1940. We went through Poland first, then continued on the Trans-Siberian Railway, then by land to Harbin. We went from there to the coast and then to Shanghai by ship. We arrived around Christmas time, but our travels were not uninterrupted—there were also stops. My mother spoke of Lake Baikal and of the infinite tediousness on the train as well. In Poland and Russia, there were Jewish groups who came to the train station and took us into their homes. This allowed my mother to bathe me or my parents could sleep.

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The Women of "Going Back" by Andrea von Treuenfeld

"Going Back" is available now. Take a peek inside.