Injured Chinese toddler crying in the South Station in Shanghai, China, 28 Aug 1937, photo 1 of 2

Caption   Injured Chinese toddler crying in the South Station in Shanghai, China, 28 Aug 1937, photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
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Identification Code   ARC 535557
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Photos on Same Day 28 Aug 1937
Photos at Same Place Shanghai, China
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 24 May 2009
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 Apr 2009 11:31:07 AM

This is a very famous and influential photo. Second only to the Suribachi Flag Raising, this may be the most published photo of the Pacific war (across the US, at least). This photo became the image of “Why We Fight” for those in the Pacific Theater and thus had great influence.
2. Anonymous says:
12 Aug 2009 09:54:08 PM

This is very touching picture, i wonder what happen to the child. Did she/he survive the war. This question is going on in my mind ever since i see this picture years ago.
3. Anonymous says:
14 Oct 2009 07:37:26 AM

I too am sitting here wondering about this child ... did this photographer just leave him/her there? Surely not. My heart is breaking for this poor baby ... I don't care how old the pic is.
4. Anonymous says:
14 Oct 2010 01:44:42 AM

This photo was staged. There is a movie which shows the photographer moving the baby onto the train tracks. I Don't know if the baby was found somewhere nearby and moved, but this photo was definitely set up.
5. Anonymous says:
28 Oct 2010 04:07:08 PM

To the person who's comment is Number 4, if you read the captions this poor baby was found by a rescue worker and placed there and the photo was taken, so yes, you are 50 percent correct that it was "staged" but it is not staged that this is an orphaned child due to f*cking war, and war is never ever the answer, I've been to Iraq twice and never again will I fight.
6. Anonymous says:
28 Aug 2011 07:16:24 AM

War is hell. But there will always be those who want to conquer and dominate others-to the point of killing these others. Do we just allow this or do we step in and stop the bullies? If all love the Lord and practiced loving others, it would not be an issue. There are those who will never believe in a loving God who says to be loving and good to others. In this world, we will have wars, then.
7. owen says:
7 Oct 2011 03:38:22 AM

Belief in a loving god,is one of the main factors which will drive human beings too war and kill.
When Humans rid themselves of false gods of all religions thats when mankind will move to another state of high belief and war will not be an issue
8. ralph says:
1 Apr 2012 02:14:37 PM

Re: comment #4, the film in question shows a man lifting and moving a baby. In the background, the area remains devastated by Japanese bombs. One may argue that the photographer set up the shot. However, he certainly didn't drop hundreds of pounds of bombs into a crowded train station to do it, the Japanese did that for him.
9. Anonymous says:
28 Aug 2016 06:30:32 AM

One has to ask the question, why is there an injured baby alone on the RR platform? If this just happened, then where are the other injured people also previously standing on the platform? I think other posters are right, that this was a staged photo and the infant was found nearby and moved to this location. That being said, it does not diminish the fact that the Chinese were brutally attacked by Imperial Japan before and during WWII.

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