A Look Back to our Youth in Shanghai
Recently yours truly received an email from Horst
Lewinsky asking whether I would be interested in sharing his personal photo
album from Shanghai with our fellow Shanghailanders. Horst thought that it
may be a good idea to see whether anyone of us can recognize himself or a
former school chum. Without any further ado, I accepted his gracious offer
and thanked him on behalf of all the viewers of the Rickshaw Website.
The photographs shown in this report are arranged by event,
place, and function, and represent only the main highlights in the album. No
attempt has been made to identify each individual or to place a date next to
each picture. The reason is obvious; almost sixty years have elapsed from
the time the photographs were made. As already stated in one of my previous
reports, the many types of social activities the younger generation was
engaged in under normal circumstances and in a different time period, were
also available in the Shanghai Ghetto. The following photographs from
Lewinski‘s album illustrate my point:
We begin by illustrating the outside cover of Horst‘s album, shown in
figures one, which he brought along from Shanghai in 1948. Below is a portrait
of Horst made in 1947 just prior to leaving for the States.
In figures two, we see several photographs of the 16th
Independence Boy Scout Troop. One of the photographs, made in
August of 1947, shows Lewinsky with Horst Seidel holding a boy- scout flag.
Two other photographs included in figure two show the British and the Jewish
scout-masters, and the whole 16th
Independent Boy Scout Troop.
Not familiar to many Shanghailanders, including yours truly, were the
Shanghai Hills. This pleasant picnic area situated on the way to Qing Pu was
visited after the war by some of our refugee youth. It usually took a whole
day by land and houseboat for this excursion where at several hundred feet one
could find featherly bamboo and mountain streams. In figure three
and figure three A we see a
photo made in 1946 of a group of refugees in their late teens enjoying their
outing in the Shanghai Hills. The Shanghai Hills was also the seat of the
Catholic Bishopric. The cathedral with the picnickers in front is also shown
in figure three B.
Jessfield Park, located outside the “Designated Area,” was frequently
visited by refugees during the hot summer months before and after the war. In
figures four, we see two young couples enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the
park Also included in figure four is a snapshot made at the SJYA School in the
summer of 1947.
A photograph of Horst Lewinsky with his friends made in June of 1945 at
Wayside Heim is shown in figures five. On the back of the photograph, also
illustrated, are the names of those appearing in the picture including the US
Secretary of the Treasury to be, Werner Blumenthal, now, W. Michael
Blumenthal. For those that may not remember this very important
Shanghailander, a US one dollar bill with his signature is included in the
A masquerade party held at the SJYA School in 1947, with elaborate
costumes, is shown in figures six. A question that may be asked is, ‘from
where did the group get all the paraphernalia for the costumes shown on the
US forces in Shanghai also had to cope occasionally with the familiar
flooding of the streets. A photo shown in figures seven show two US sailors
riding their military vehicle through deep water somewhere in the Settlement.
And finally, in figures eight, is a photograph of three Jewish refugees
sitting in a pedicab, riding through the familiar streets of Shanghai Hongkew.
Horst Lewinsky came to Shanghai in 1938 on the German steamer, “Ramses.” He
attended both Kadoorie and Mission School that were located adjacent to the
“Designated Area. “ After
immigrating to the United States, Horst later worked for the National Guard
setting up communication systems. He currently resides in Northern California,
and is now happily retired.
to Rena Krasno and Tess Johnston for some additional information.)