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At Miami Beach museum, photos of Jewish refugees ‘Stranded in Shanghai’

At Miami Beach museum, photos of Jewish refugees ‘Stranded in Shanghai’

During World War II, China’s Shanghai Ghetto was filthy, cramped and disease-ridden, but it served as an unlikely haven for 20,000 desperate Eastern-European Jews who fled there to escape the Nazi occupation.

Photojournalist Arthur Rothstein was there in 1946, photographing refugees who called Shanghai’s 1-square-mile Hongkew District a sanctuary. A collection of his stark, unflinching images is included in “Stranded in Shanghai,” on view at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach.

Subtitled “Photographs of the Hongkew Ghetto,” the exhibit is the U.S. premiere of Rothstein’s images, taken while the photographer worked for the United National Relief and Rehabilitation...

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