Gift of Hans H. and Ilse Bloch nee Schaefer
Id no. 106.95, Document, German
This military service book for Max Schaefer (b. 1889) was issued by the German army in 1915.
Schaefer and his family arranged passage to Shanghai and escape Nazi Germany in July 1939. His daughter, Ilse, married his friend Hans Bloch in Shanghai in December 1945. Some 17,000 Jewish refugees were also able to find refuge in China during the war. Schaefer and his wife, Lucie, followed Hans and Ilse to the United States, arriving in San Francisco in October 1947.