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Archives receives 141 old photos from German family

A German photographer's 141 photos of Shanghai taken in the 1930s and 1940s were donated to the Shanghai Archives by his son today.

Walter Wirtky came to China in the 1930s and took many photos as he traveled across the country. Unfortunately, most of his works were ruined during the war.

The surviving photos he took of old Shanghai record in vivid detail of the city's buildings, alleyways and street life some 70 years ago.

"The photos hold valuable information about the history of Shanghai from an unofficial perspective," said Zhu Jinling, deputy curator of Shanghai Archives.

"It will surely broaden our view of the old Shanghai," he said.

The photographer's son, Wolfgang Wirtky, was born in Shanghai and lived in the city for six years before the family moved to Beijing. He didn't come back to Shanghai until this trip to donate his father's pictures. He is accompanied by his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

After his father died, Wolfgang found the old photos of Shanghai while sorting out his belongings and decided to give them to Shanghai as a visual account of the city's past.


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