“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Shanghai’s Quick Thinking Miss Moohina – 1940

Posted: February 28th, 2020 | 1 Comment »

Miss M. Moohina was a young Russian emigre woman who lived on Rue Maresca (Wuyuan Lu) in the French Concession. By day she worked as a clerk in an office in Shanghai. Some time around the Christmas holiday in 1940 four robbers burst in, tied her up, stole her diamond ring and her gold watch. They then wanted to open the office safe. But Miss Moohina was too canny for them – she fell into a supposed feint and lay still. Thinking there was no way they cold now get the combinatioin in any quick time the robbers took off. Miss Moohina saved her boss a few thousand dollars – hope the ring and watch were insured!

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One Comment on “Shanghai’s Quick Thinking Miss Moohina – 1940”

  1. 1 Chris said at 5:49 pm on March 6th, 2020:

    Miss M. Moohina lived at 236 Wuyuan Lu (Shanghai Telephone Directory & Buyer’s Guide 1947). It looks like one can rent a room with terrace there for 14,800 RMB. It’s great to see an older dwelling in Shanghai that hasn’t been levelled!


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