Kurt Lewin

in Voices from Shanghai

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226181660
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226181684 | DOI:
Kurt Lewin

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This chapter presents “The Weekly Salad” (1946), a poem written by Kurt Lewin. “Der Wochensalat” (The Weekly Salad) became a regular feature in the Shanghai Herald, and Lewin masterfully combines in this poem both foreign and Shanghai events. The trial of German war criminals held at Nuremberg is juxtaposed to the Cold War passion of building atom bombs. Lewin ridicules the United Nations Refugee Relief Association's panacea of pills to clean the drinking water and juxtaposes this to a walk along the fashionable Bund, the well-known avenue of banks and foreign businesses along the Huangpu River.

Keywords: poem; Shanghai; Kurt Lewin; war criminals; Cold War; Nuremberg; atom bombs; United Nations Refugee Relief Association; Bund

Chapter.  533 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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