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Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) was one of America’s foremost photo journalists. After his graduation from Columbia University, Rothstein was assigned to document the plight of Virginian farmers in the 1930s who were relocated to make room for a national park. In 1940 Rothstein worked briefly for Look Magazine before he joined the Army’s Signal Corp. He was stationed in the Far East and remained in China after the war, documenting, among other projects, the plight of the displaced Central European Jewish refugees in Shanghai.

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Jewish Ghetto Shanghai : Crowded basement quarters for refugees, Leo Baeck Institute, F 21912.