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Heilongjiang PROVINCE,

Harbin is the capital of the modern province of Heilongjiang (literally Black Dragon River), People's Republic of China. That province is one of three provinces in the region of Dongbei (“东北”, literally East North in Mandarin), formerly known as Manchuria

Harbin was originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets". Today the city is known for its magnificent winter ice and snow sculptures and is a thriving industrial center. It lies 642 air miles (1,033 km) north-northeast of Beijing, the Chinese capital, along the southern bank of the Songhua River (Sungari in Russian), a tributary of the Heilong River (Amur in Russian).  The Heilong is one of the three major rivers in China and marks part of China's northeastern border with Russia.

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Isak Grigori (Itzko Gershevich) Clurman stands on the coal pile of his Harbin lumberyard in the 1930s.
The city's New Synagogue is visible in the background


      Historic photographs and stories featuring three American families with ties to Harbin are featured with contemporary art by Steven Lane, who incorporates Chinese books, posters and newspapers into his work. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street in New York City's Chinatown. Through October 4, 2019.
      Several branches of the Brooklyn Public Library in New York are hosting an exhibition, film and discussion series on European Jews who found refuge in Shanghai during World War II. Through May and June 2019.

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