The Shanghai Jewish Experience

Photo of Jewish refugees waiting in line to enter or exit the ghetto.

Jewish refugees waiting in line to enter or exit the ghetto.

The Shanghai Jewish Experience was a research project conducted in Holli Levitsky’s Literature of the Holocaust (English/Jewish Studies 434) in spring 2015. The project, designed and led by Melanie Hubbard, Digital Scholarship Librarian, centered on LMU’s Archives & Special Collection’s Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection, which contains among other subject matters, images of Jewish refugees in 1930s and 1940s Shanghai.

Students were tasked with researching Jewish refugee life in Shanghai, identifying themes within the collection, choosing a theme to focus on, and contextualizing images that  fit within that theme. The final result was a digital essay using Tumblr. To learn about the student’s research and brainstorming process, read their class blog.  (Download original assignment.)


Student Essays

While the students have done a lot of great work, these essays may have errors.

“Jewish Experience in Occupied Shanghai”

“Shanghai Jewish Businesses”

“Shanghai Jewish Entertainment”

“Shanghai Jews: Interactions with a New Culture”

“Shanghai Nights”

“Shanghai: A Safe Haven for Jewish Doctors”

“Significance of Sports in the Shanghai Jewish Communities”


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