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The Photographic Work of Arthur Rothstein in China: Signal Corps, the Great Famine, the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

The Photographic Work of Arthur Rothstein in China

Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 – November 11, 1985) was an American prominent photojournalist.

The topics of Arthur Rothstein ranged from social issues, daily life, politics, sport to war scenarios, informing and entertaining millions of readers in the United States.

Arthur Rothstein

In 1940 Arthur Rothstein joined the US Army as a photographer in the Signal Corps. 

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His military assignment took Arthur to Asia. After his discharge from the military in 1945, he remained in China working as chief photographer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

He documented the survivors of the Holocaust in the Hongkew ghetto of Shanghai and the Great Famine.

Jews from Europe immigrated to Shanghai in the late 1930s and early 1940s escaping from Nazi Germany. Shanghai did not have restrictions on immigration, and some Chinese diplomats such as Ho Feng Shan issued “protective” passports.

Photographs with the Signal Corps

Mother with two young children in sleeping area of dwelling in the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China (Arthur Rothstein )
A boat on a river with rolling hills in the background in the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China
View from above of provincial troops marching along city street in the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China
Smiling young school children running out the entrance of a school building in the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China
Aerial view of terraced fields and roadway with a military vehicle in a mountainous region of the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China
Boy with chicken, Hungjao, China
A victim of the famine. (Arthur Rothstein )
Famine Victim, Henyang, China
Distribution of rice during time of famine in the Kiangsu Province or Yunnan Province in China

The Hongkew Ghetto through the Lens of Arthur Rothstein, Shanghai

Source: American Library of CongressWikipedia, International Center of Photography,

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