[KS] Koreanstudies Digest, Vol 121, Issue 36

Alon Levkowitz levko at smile.net.il
Sat Jul 27 04:04:22 EDT 2013

Dear Nicolas.

I am not aware of any Jewish community in Korea during the Japanese occupation. Jews fled during the WWII from Europe to Japan on their way to America. Maybe few of them stayed in Korea. 

During the Korean War there were Jewish-American soldiers who fought against North Korea (About 20 of them got medals few years ago from the South Korean Government).

I would recommend that you ask the Jewish Agency or Jewish organizations in Europe, US or Israel. If there might have been a small Jewish community in Korea during the WWII, some of their descended might have immigrated to those countries. Or you can write a letter to some of the Jewish newspaper in those communities and ask them for help.

Good luck



Dr. Alon Levkowitz

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From: Koreanstudies [mailto:koreanstudies-bounces at koreanstudies.com] On Behalf Of n.spencer at risingsun.co.uk
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:11 AM
To: Bill Streifer; Korean Studies Discussion List
Subject: Re: [KS] Koreanstudies Digest, Vol 121, Issue 36



I think it possible, even likely that some people of Jewish origin arrived in Korea via Japan during the Second World War.

About 30 years ago, I was taught how to translate Japanese patents by a German, Jewish gentleman who managed as a young man of age 17-18 in about 1937-38, to be lucky enough to get a transfer to Japan from Germany, if I remember rightly, in some kind of press role. 

I don’t think that it can be safely said that he, brave as he was to embark on such a journey at that age, was the only one who managed to escape via that kind of route.

I have done a quick search on Google, and it seems that quite a few Jewish people managed to escape to Japan from Continental Europe, even after the war started, and may be one or two would have ended up in Korea??

Kind regards,

Nick Spencer




From: Bill Streifer <mailto:photografr7 at yahoo.com>  

Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:35 PM

To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com 

Subject: Re: [KS] Koreanstudies Digest, Vol 121, Issue 36




I'm sure this is not what you meant, but I am aware of only one  Jew in Korea during WWII. 


As you may know, there were no American personnel on the ground in all of Korea throughout the war. And it is safe to say that none of the Germans geologists and scientists in northern Korea at that time were Jewish. The only possibilities of Jews in northern Korea that I am aware of is a Jewish airman named Arthur Strilky whose B-29 Superfortress bomber (while on a POW supply mission to Hungnam) was shot down by Soviet Yak fighters a few days before the Japanese signed the instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945. Another possibility -- that I could check -- is that some of the 354 British and Australians (and a Canadian doctor) at that POW camp might have been Jewish.






Dear All,

I'm looking for information regarding the Jewish community in Korea during the Japanese Occupation. Do some of you have some stuff regarding this issue ? Or maybe any kind of advices ?

Thanks you in advance

Kind Regards,


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