Shanghai's Jewish WWII coffee house reopens

2015-08-27 01:06:11 GMT2015-08-27 09:06:11(Beijing Time)  Shanghai Daily
Ron Kinger and his wife Suzie at the White Horse Cafe. -- Wang RongjiangRon Kinger and his wife Suzie at the White Horse Cafe. -- Wang Rongjiang

THE grandson of the joint founder of a cafe in Hongkou District where Jewish refugees used to meet was yesterday among the first group of visitors to a replica of the building.

Ron Klinger, 74, his wife Suzie, city and district government officials, and the consulate general of Israel in Shanghai were all in attendance at the reopening of Zum Weissen Rossi’l cafe.

Better known as the White Horse Cafe, it first opened on Changyang Road in 1939.

“The feeling is excellent, like going back home,” said Klinger, who grew up in the cafe.

Rebuilt according to the original blueprint, the cafe stands opposite the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, 100 meters from its former location.

The original three-story wooden and brick structure that combined Western and Eastern architecture was a meeting place and venue for celebrations for Jewish people.

Klinger’s parents met there and got married in February 1941. He was born later the same year.

His grandparents ran the cafe until 1949, before relocating to Sydney, Australia. He didn’t say why they left the city.

“Our families are very grateful to the city and district government for restoring the cafe,” he said.

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