Ursula Krechel, poet and dramatist, has in recent years turned to some of the most neglected aspects of the almost unbelievable horror of the Holocaust. The more recent book, Landgericht (which won the German Book Prize in 2012), presents the story--based on fact--of a German Jewish lawyer and judge who returns "home" after the War and his exile in Cuba. The Shanghai book appeared earlier, telling the tales of a handful of the thousands of Jews who took refuge in China during World War II. Again based on fact, Krechel's artful story-telling gives insight into what it must have been like on a day-to-day basis for those shipwreck-survivors, wrenched out of their existences in Europe and facing numerous challenges in China. Not least among these was the long arm of the SS operating through the German embassy in a Shanghai occupied by Germany's ally, Japan. The book is an unusual and outstanding achievement. It must be translated into English soon.