Huoshan Park, built in 1917, was used as a burial ground for Jews during World War 2. The parents of Mr Labin, late premier of Israel, are buried in the park. During World War Two, many Jews who lived in Shanghai often gathered in this place. A house used for Jewish refugees is maintained in the park. The park is free to the public and there are many vendors selling street food at the gate.
Previously, it was named Wayside Park. A memorial in the park reminds visitors, in Chinese, English and Hebrew, of this short but fascinating piece of history - between 1937 and 1945 Hongkou district was a haven for European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. In those days the Japanese army-occupied Shanghai was the only destination in the world that would accept refugees without visas. More Jews found sanctuary in China than in any other country in the world then.