Franz Adler, an Austrian Jew and renowned surgeon, is swept up in the
wave of anti-Semitic violence washing over Vienna and flees to China
with his daughter. There, at a Shanghai refugee hospital, Franz meets an
enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi “Sunny” Mah. The chemistry between them is
intense and immediate, until Sunny’s life is shattered when a drunken
Japanese sailor attempts to rape her and murders her father.
danger escalates for Shanghai’s Jewish refugee community as the Japanese
ally themselves militarily with Germany and attack Pearl Harbor. Soon,
the Japanese overrun the European enclaves within Shanghai. Facing
starvation, disease and the threat of internment—or worse—Franz
struggles to keep the refugee hospital open while protecting his own
family and fights to outwit the Nazis and save the city’s Jewish
community from a terrible fate.
The Far Side of the Sky focuses
on a short but extraordinary period of Chinese, Japanese and Jewish
Second World War history, where cultures converged and heroic sacrifices
were part of the everyday quest for survival.
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