Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai in
1923. Her parents, two stateless Russian Jews, fled Russia two years before her birth.
Krasno grew up in a Jewish community in Shanghai, but fled to Israel in 1949 just before
communist forces took control of Shanghai. She held a prestigious position as translator for
the United Nations, and was a published author. Krasno wrote several books about World War
II in Shanghai, her life in Japan, and her Jewish heritage, as well as essays regarding
Jewish and Chinese history. The collection consists of documents, correspondence,
presentation notes, and research papers regarding Rena's life in Shanghai, Japan, and in the
United States, and documents her research, involvement with various Jewish organiations, and
experiences living in wartime Shanghai.
Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai, China in 1923. Her parents, two stateless Russian Jews,
fled Russia two years before her birth. Krasno grew up in a Jewish community in Shanghai and
attended the French Municipal College where she earned her Brevet Superieur and
Baccalaureate (Philosophy Section). She later entered the Faculty of Medicine at the Jesuit
Aurora University (now called Shanghai School of Medicine #2), where she studied for two
years during World War II. She left Shanghai for Israel in April of 1949, just one month
before communist forces took over the city.
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