About the Collection
The Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection offers a photographic record of life in Shanghai, China, in the war-torn years from 1937 through 1949. Every-day life in the city is captured in photographs of bustling streets, school children playing, and family portraits. The greatest importance of the collection rests in its remarkable photographic documentation of the Jewish community of Shanghai, consisting mostly of Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. Examples of subjects of these photographs and negatives include businesses, cultural life, living quarters, and government documents. While von Boltenster spent most of these years in Shanghai, he traveled to Taiwan and, possibly, Hong Kong as well. As a result, a small portion of the images might be of those locations.