The Shanghai Jewish Experience

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.

• Download the original assignment.

• Read their class blog to learn about the student’s research and brainstorming process.