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Jewish ex-refugee seeks lost love in Shanghai, 70 years on

Published on Aug 21, 2013 12:04 PM
 
This photo taken on May 28, 2013, shows 92-year-old Gary Matzdorff talking to Agence France-Presse in his hotel room as he looks out at the Pudong area of Shanghai. It was more than 70 years ago that Mr Matzdorff, a Jewish refugee, escaped Nazi Germany for China and found love, only to lose his paramour and then have to flee the Communists. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - It was more than 70 years ago that Mr Gary Matzdorff, a Jewish refugee, escaped Nazi Germany for China and found love, only to lose his paramour and then have to flee the Communists.

Now 92, Mr Matzdorff returned to his former home in Shanghai hoping to find the Chinese woman he spotted across a dance hall floor again.

Then, the sophisticated city was renowned as the "Paris of the East". Some of Mr Matzdorff's memories of Shanghai have faded over the decades, but the image of the woman in a Chinese-style dress split high up the leg remains clearly imprinted on his mind.

"She looked like a princess," he says.

 
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